9 Aesthetic Prosthetics

Advances in modern prosthetic technology are quickly redefining what constitutes a "disability." Our friends at Oobject have compiled nine of the latest cutting-edge limb replacements in existence.
Don't believe that prosthetics are really narrowing the ability gap? Challenge Oscar "Tink Tink" Pistorius to a foot race and then check out these examples of medical scaffolding, vintage artificial limbs, genuine cyborg parts and eerie medical mannequins.

9 Aesthetic Prosthetics

Active combat duty soldiers with prosthetic legs

This might seem a bit weird to include in a list focused on aesthetics, but its perhaps the most important example. The entire way we view amputees, the perception of a false limb as something to be hidden and which implies disability is questioned by the number of young soldiers seen with high-tech alloy prosthetic limbs (due to injuries which were not survivable in the past). And these are not just veterans the number of soldiers returning to active duty has increased 7 times, from 2% to 16% in since the first Gulf War.

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Eames Inspired Prosthetic Leg

Designed by by Joanna M Hawley, the design takes its inspiration from mid-century modern bent plywood furniture by Charles and Ray Eames.

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The Proaesthetics Project

The Proæsthetics Project is a fashion-conscious collection of customizable prototypes that push the boundaries of design in medical mobility devices.

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3D printed leg designed by Scott Summit

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Aimee Mullins Legs from the Cremaster Cycle

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Outfeet female leg prosthesis

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Kaylene Kau, shell like articulated arm

A non figurative - as in not even trying to look human - arm, which is nonetheless attractive.

9 Aesthetic Prosthetics

Bespoke Innovations custom prosthetics

Bespoke innovations were perhaps the first company to realize that prostheses could be individualistic and custom made objects of beauty.

9 Aesthetic Prosthetics

Oscar Pistorius on Flex Foot Cheetahs

The incredible performance of double amputee, Oscar Pistorius caused a conundrum for sporting bodies - he was actually better than non amputee runners, so were his carbon fiber springs legal?