One of the major issues with medical devices such as wheelchairs and prosthetics is the not only the function of these devices but also the form of these devices. It does not matter how useful or usable their wheelchair or prosthetic is: if it does not look good, there is a good chance that it will affect the quality of life of the user. Luckily, there has been a small but growing group of designers who are appearing to help address this issue. More information and images after the jump break.
Jordan Diatlo has designed a prosthetic leg that attempts to blend form and function in the hopes to help the user regain a sense of normalcy and symmetry along with the ability to make this device an extension of the user's style and personality. Inspired by the Ecko fashion company, Diatlo's Ecko Prosthetic Leg Concept uses a 3D mirror image of the user's other leg and integrates those contours onto the prosthetic. Combined with the Ecko branding and some abstract design work, it is intended to make people stare at the prosthetic with amazement or admiration as opposed to pity or discomfort.
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