Being physically disabled in the modern world isn’t as big a disadvantage as it earlier was. Nowadays, not only you don’t have to make a compromise on utility, you can be fashionable as well. In fact, with the advent of 3D printing, you can make prosthetic limbs using your actual measurements. Not only this, designers are doing their best to improve on the present design of prosthetics. Soon, having a stylish prosthetic limb at your disposal, you won’t need a fashion accessory. Here are some of the latest designs and concepts.
Prosthetic leg for women that works as a fashion accessory
Prosthetic limbs are infamous for their cold menacingly steely looks contrary to the delicate human attributes imbued with life and blood. Outfeet by designer Aviya Serfaty endeavors to change that perception by transforming the traditional artificial limb into an appealing fashion accessory which also becomes an extension of the natural movement.
Specially designed for amputee women, the lightweight carbon fiber leg features adjustable knobs which artificial arches in the sole, making it easier for the user to adapt to various needs. The leg can be covered with flexible skins for different occasions without putting additional weight on the prosthesis. In addition, Outfeet comes with a separate heel which can be attached to the sole according to need or removed for simple commuting.
Some More Innovative Prosthetic Limb Fashion Accessory Concepts
1. The limbU
Developed by Australian student Troy Baverstock, The limbU is a smart 3D printed prosthetic leg. Packed with sensors, it is a superb combination of human nature and futuristic technologies and is ideal for personal activities and for medical rehabilitation. The sensors within help track rehabilitation progress and the motion sensors help physicians to track limb movement, orientation and to solve issues if there are any. Furthermore, this prosthetic limb isn’t just functional, it also acts as a fashion accessory.
One of the sensors connects prosthetic to a Smartphone to allow user track speed, number of steps and more in a day. Additionally, the 3D printed creation would certainly charm those who find usual prosthetics unappealing. The limbU with its interchangeable covers and lighting effects allows users to wear a different look each day. 3D printing technology is certainly more reliable than many other technologies for it makes production efficient and affordable.
2. Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm
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Supported by DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program and performed by the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm is a first-of-its-kind demonstration. The demonstration is about a technology that could enable humans to experience the sensation of touch right there in the brain. It is a neural interface system connected to a robotic arm, which has been designed to enable two-way communication between brain and machine.
3. Most Advanced bionic hand
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For offering a more intuitive experience to the upper limb amputees, SFU researchers designed a new control system. It is an advanced bionic hand that is way beyond other prosthetic devices in terms of functionality and efficacy.Developed in the engineering science professor Carlo Menon’s biomedical engineering lab, the technology was initially used to rehabilitate stroke patients. The system makes the user’s mind work in a new way and enables one to put hand and finger muscles to use. It was later that the technology was put to use for wider applications. The intuitive hand comes with sensors embedded in its socket that track movements of the muscles and the intuitive actions. Based on those movements, the sensors make the prosthesis move.
4. Advanced Wireless Monitoring System for Prosthetic Devices
The objective of this innovation or improvement is to make limb health monitoring applications and advanced prosthetic health monitoring affordable and effective. The self-powered wireless monitoring system comes equipped with a temperature, force, device, condition, and pressure monitoring sensor. Its unique capability to operate in energy constrained environments makes it an ideal technology for low cost implementations.
In government application, this technology can be used to enable military amputees to get back to their active lifestyle and normal health. They can continue with their active duty or a civilian life without worrying about infections and injuries that might take place because of a poor socket fit and the pressure point injuries related to it. Relying on this self-powered monitoring technology, an amputee can keep a track of his limb and prosthetic health without any need to seek doctor’s help.
5. Prosthetic Arm
Amputees can use an artificial arm in same way they use a real one. Dr. Todd Kuiken of Chicago Rehabilitation Institute has developed this product, which is also known as “bionic arm”. This arm is connected to the brain by motor nerves, which is used for functioning of missing part. When person decides to move his/her arm the nerve, which usually sends the signal to the real hand, sends it to the artificial one instead.
6. Prosthetic Foot (Cheetah)
It is a high performance carbon fiber foot, which is designed for special tasks such as golfing, swimming, walking, running and dancing. This is one of the most preferred products for amputees. Furthermore, this foot attaches posterior socket making it quick, strong and performance proven.
7. RHEO Smart Knee
The RHEO smart knee adapts individual walking styles and is ideal for different environments. This product is fast enough to prevent a fall, tackle slopes and stairs; and, is very well adapted to respond to life’s small hurdles. Moreover, RHEO knee creates comfortable motion on its own by learning the new ways of walking.
8. Prosthetic Hand (Bebionic)
This artificial limb is built using unique features and leading edge technology, which makes it unlike any other hand. This innovation endows the hand with tremendous functionality and performance. Each finger allows you to grip objects in a natural manner. In addition, a microprocessor monitors the position of each finger, thus providing consistent control over movements of hand.
It is quite difficult to do daily tasks of your life without fingers like tying your shoe, writing and other things. Fingers can be damaged while working at home or workplace. This prosthetic finger helps you to get back to normal after amputations.
10. Immaculate Prosthetic Limbs
Immaculate prosthetic limb designed by Alexander Huseklepp is just a concept at the moment. The designer has put in a lot of effort to make this concept very effective and good looking. It looks like a robot’s arm that can be a fashion statement for a disabled person and the limb can largely bring back the lost performance of the amputee. Furthermore, the prosthetic limb is made of corian plates and dome-joints that are flexible.
11. CADENCE prosthetic leg
This concept aims to improve the performance of the paraplegic cyclists. Designer Seth Aslie is behind the creation of this amazing concept called CADENCE. It will allow the cyclists to pedal in a proper circular motion, as the limb gives their leg a natural movement. Moreover, an elastomeric band at the front of the prosthetic leg gathers energy when the cyclist pedals forward. The split toe design offers an easy clipping and unclipping function to the cyclist, thus, bettering his performance.
12. Adidas Symbiosis Prosthesis
This is a prosthetic limb concept that has called for the usage of unique materials like carbon fiber, Sorbothane, electromagnetic steel, and aluminum. In comparison to many other concepts, this looks more promising to help the amputees lead a better life. In addition, the electromagnets substitute human muscles and send a wireless signal that leads to a normal movement.
13. Affordable Prosthetic Concept
Designer Dana Bedeen understood the fact that it is not possible for many amputees to buy prosthetics due to their high costs, and has come up with a concept that is quite affordable. Besides affordability, the factors that Dana has taken into consideration are look and comfort. In fact, it can also work as a fashion accessory. Moreover, the prosthetic design will be made from high impact resistant polycarbonate.
14. Sensitive Touch Glove
Smart Gloves is a concept that will replace lifeless and unmoving prosthetic substitutes. Smart gloves move and enable the amputee to feel things. In addition, Daniel Kamp has designed sensitive touch glove to give some sensation back to the missing arms.