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Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair

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The world’s largest orthopedics event is happening right now in Leipzig, Germany. From prosthetic legs that enable people to run faster to exoskeletons that can make the disabled walk again, OT World 2016 is showcasing some of the most futuristic inventions you’ve ever seen. They’re also creepy as hell.

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Bionic arms and ultra realistic limbs litter the showroom floor as over 500 exhibitors from 43 countries show off new ways to improve human mobility. You’ll also find orthotics, orthopedic footwear technology, and compression therapy gadgets geared towards improving people’s lives. But based on the photos from the event, this industry seems to be inching towards creating a superhuman race of cyborgs.

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A woman walks with prostheses at the stand of US company Freedom innovations. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
A woman walks with prostheses at the stand of US company Freedom innovations. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
A group of monequins show off next generation braces from Sporlastic Orthopaedics. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
A group of monequins show off next generation braces from Sporlastic Orthopaedics. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
A woman dances with a knee orthosis at the booth of Icelandic company Oessur. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
A woman dances with a knee orthosis at the booth of Icelandic company Oessur. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
More women dance with yet another knee orthosis at the Oessur booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
More women dance with yet another knee orthosis at the Oessur booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
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Roger Parr fixes prosthetics reach for the sky at the Realistic Prosthetics booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
Roger Parr fixes prosthetics reach for the sky at the Realistic Prosthetics booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
A woman fixes a bandage at the Sporlastic Orthopaedics booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
A woman fixes a bandage at the Sporlastic Orthopaedics booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
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A model of a NASA spacesuit made with phase change material (PCM) displayed at the Outlast Technologies booth. The certified space technology enhances textiles by providing the benefit of proactive temperture regulation. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
A model of a NASA spacesuit made with phase change material (PCM) displayed at the Outlast Technologies booth. The certified space technology enhances textiles by providing the benefit of proactive temperture regulation. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
Paraplegic Andre van Rueschen walks with the help of an exoskeleton manufactured by the company ReWalk Robotics. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
Paraplegic Andre van Rueschen walks with the help of an exoskeleton manufactured by the company ReWalk Robotics. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
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Uncanny prostheses displayed at the Dorset Orthopaedic booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
Uncanny prostheses displayed at the Dorset Orthopaedic booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
A man presents the bionic ‘i-limb quantum’ prosthesis from Touch Bionics. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
A man presents the bionic ‘i-limb quantum’ prosthesis from Touch Bionics. Image: Jens Meyer/AP
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DISCUSSION

AgentRockstar
AgentRockstar

I believe that all prosthetics should have dual if not triple functions.

Like Inspector Gadget. They can be a place to stash something, have some additional tools, perhaps a backup USB charger. Etc. Perhaps even have solar panels that provide said power. A hidden projector you can plug into? Store your phone in your arm.