That's It, I'm Cutting Off A Leg: Designer Prosthetics

June 18, 2012


This is a series of "designer" prosthetic attachments from Bespoke Innovations that add a little flair to an otherwise boring fake leg. "Hey -- if you don't got it, flaunt it," a one-legged man once told me before trying to do a 360 on his crutches and falling into the street.

Bespoke Innovations creates custom-made fairings that restore the leg contours that many prosthetic legs fail to. These fairings then fit with the customer's existing prosthetic. Instead of mimicking the look of human skin, however, the Bespoke Fairings are designed to look like something completely distinct, combining colors and patterns that dress up the leg. The idea is to allow customers to express their aesthetics and personality through their prosthetic leg, just as they would through an accessory or article of clothing. The Bespoke Fairings are 3D printed using a durable, lightweight polymer, but can then be fitted with chrome plating, ballistic nylon fabric, or leather, letting customers customize them according to their personal needs and style.

Hey, whatever floats your boat. Personally, if I ever lose a leg I want a good old fashioned peg-leg replacement. Same goes for if I lose an arm. "WHAT -- YOU LITTLE BRATS NEVER SEEN A MAN WITH A PEGLEG FOR AN ARM BEFORE?" I'll yell at all the kids I catch staring.

Hit the jump for a bunch more.






Thanks to Rebekah, who agrees it's best to try to keep your original legs if you can. And if you can't, well, get something that shoots laserbeams so the robots don't think you're an easy target.

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