9 stylish prostheses that brought people with disabilities back to a full life
Sometimes it happens that a person is deprived of the opportunity to lead a full life due to loss of limbs. But today prosthesiologists, thanks to the latest scientific developments, work real miracles. In our review, there are 10 rather strange prostheses that helped people not only return to life, but also look stylish.
1. Robotic tentacle prosthesis
Designer Kailin Kai, a graduate of the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Washington, has proposed a radically new approach to prosthetics. A tentacle prosthesis allows a person to manipulate surrounding objects differently than with traditional prostheses. It should be noted that this is much more convenient.
2. Glass hand
Designers Holly Franklin and Becky Pitchitch presented an unusual joint prosthesis made of glass. Unfortunately, this work bears no functions other than aesthetic.
3. Wooden leg
An unusual wooden foot prosthesis was created by designer Amy Mullins. The prosthesis is almost entirely made of wood. It looks like ladies’ boots covered with carved patterns.
4. Shoes for Cinderella
Six-year-old Emmy lost all four limbs due to an illness at the age of two years. In order for the girl not to feel flawed, a whole set of prostheses was made for her. In the photo, Emmy is wearing carbon fiber foot prostheses, made specifically for graduation in kindergarten.
5. Tail Weta Workshop
Weta Workshop is known for creating prostheses for movies. They are also engaged in equipment for special effects. The studio worked with films such as The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. To create a medical prosthesis in the form of a mermaid’s tail, the studio was prompted by their work on Peter Pan. The prosthetic tail is designed for people without legs and allows them to swim in the water.
6. Nike-style prosthesis
Designer Colin Matsko created an unusual sports foot prosthesis made in the style of Nike. The prosthesis is incredibly flexible, but its main feature was that it was printed on a 3D printer.
7. Muscle prosthesis
Another “sports” foot prosthesis, only this time made of good metal, not carbon fiber. Yes, and it is framed in the form of a muscle growing into a “steel” leg, which supposedly should hint at the dependence of the disabled person on the implant.
8. “Patriotic Carmen”
Designer Tim Beck did not create any prostheses, but in an interesting way he decorated the artificial leg of one of his clients.
A prosthesis called Skinz-N-Hydez simply puffs with steampunk! In reality, this is not a prosthesis at all, but only a dummy that is worn over a living and healthy leg. In any case, a great example of design thought.
While meiks are trying to help people in distress, biohackers are thinking about how to improve modern man. And it is worth saying that their ideas are very popular in society.