A design studio from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is changing the face of prosthetic limbs with various styles of covers.
ALLELES™ Design Studio Ltd. arose from the need to change peoples perspective on prosthetic limbs and MaCauley Wanner and Ryan Palibroda are the minds behind the project. The studio brings fashion into prosthetics.
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Fashion comes to prosthetics
An uncanny fashion company, the designers’ aim is to connect fashion with the prosthetics industry. The idea came up as a college thesis project but as Wanner dug deeper into the prosthetics industry she realized that ALLELES was something disabled people needed.
Disabled people feel excluded most of the time, as the regular prosthesis is made only in skin color to look like real skin. Looks odd and thus leads to questions from other people. However, ALLELES wants disabled people to be able to express themselves through their vulnerabilities.
The covers come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. The users can choose the style they feel closest to and attach it easily on their prosthesis. Most of the customers comment on the idea as “groundbreaking” as now they feel more confident with themselves than before they purchased their prosthetic covers.
Customers can choose from two types, for now
The covers come in two types for now, for legs and for arms. There are ready to purchase styles however you can also put in a personal request for a custom cover for either your arm or your leg.
You can attach the cover to your prosthesis with the polyurethane straps with metal hooks that are featured on the ALLELES covers.
High-quality covers are made using FDA grade ABS plastic which makes them durable, very lightweight, flexible and easy to clean and modify.
Source: Interesting Engineering