Canadian firm Alleles Design Studio created a range of prosthetic leg covers intended to give artificial limbs a more realistic silhouette. The patterned covers, which mimic the shape of the calf muscles in the lower leg, are to be worn over top the mechanical limb.
Alleles founder Ryan Palibroda explains that, though there has been greater functionality when it comes to prosthetic design (thanks to targeted development of robotic knees, feet and ankles), prosthetics continue to lack a meaningful relationship with the human body. Palibroda's leg covers are intended to return the natural human form to users of prosthetic limbs.
The covers are available in different colors and patterns to reflect individual tastes and correspond with outfits, ultimately "empowering amputees through self-expression."