Just because a device has to be utilitarian and functional does not mean that it has to be ugly or look like every other device of the same type. If you consider clothes to be wearable technology, then you get an immediate sense of how important personal statements and design can be. Why should people who wear prosthetic limbs be restricted to the “factory issue” look?
The ALLELES Design Studio is a group that creates “fashion-forward prosthetic leg covers that people can afford.” They have a range of stock designs for different prosthetic legs, priced between $300 and $500 Canadian. The designs range from high-tech to steam punk, from lacy to deco. And they are all stunning. And they’ll even create a custom cover for under $1,000 Canadian. Want a leg that looks like Iron Man? You got it. The plastic covers are designed to fit on prosthetic limbs, either below the knee or above the knee. They are lightweight, cleanable, and durable, and are held in place in two or three places with simple straps.
It is such a simple concept, but one that has been missing from the wearable technology landscape. These covers can help individuals make a personal statement with a prosthetic limb, instead of feeling awkward and wanting to hide the mechanical device. It’s an inspiring product that can change lives.