Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

Monthly Archives: November 2017

Modern Prosthetics revolutionary or disruptive?

In class, we talked about disruptive technology and how a something can be “revolutionary” rather than disruptive. Prostheses have been around for a long time however in the past they were merely just imitations of missing body parts. These imitations did not function as your regular body parts and did not enable the wielder to operate like they once did. Modern prosthetic devices are lightweight and strong. They are made from newer materials such as advanced plastics and carbon fiber. The materials allow the prosthetics to be more controllable with functions such as gripping and walking. Newer prostheses are even enabling bionic movements with motors and sensors. However, is this technology only revolutionary or disruptive? Since most prostheses are covered by insurance, would people more likely to opt into bionic prostheses and eventually make it a norm?