Bespoke Innovations Puts the “Art” in Artificial Limbs


Pic courtesy of Scope.

After being bummed out by the bad behavior of companies like Frontier Airlines, it’s always nice to find a company doing good things for folks with disabilities. And Bespoke Innovations is doing awesome things. As reported by Scope, the Stanford Med School Blog, Bespoke uses a 3D scanner to take a detailed picture of the client’s surviving limb, should they have one, and creates a mirror image of that limb as a basis for the prosthesis. They then work closely with the patient to design a limb that matches their aesthetic tastes and personality, using fashion-forward materials like wood, metal, cloth, and leather. And at around $4,000, their designs aren’t exactly cheap, but nor are they necessarily prohibitively expensive.

The prostheses sound pretty spectacular:

Some are finished with ballistic nylon or polished nickel. One was covered in quilted leather, like a Chanel handbag. For a military veteran with a love of tribal tattoos, the teamĀ scanned a favorite tattoo design from one leg and fabricated the fairing using that theme. A competitive soccer player who lost his leg to cancer chose an aircraft-like honeycomb design that allowed him to play soccer again.

You’re doing good work, Bespoke! I hope I get a chance to check out some of these designs in person sometime.

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