As far as we may have come with prosthetics today, they usually get close to matching the looks of the real body part, but still are quite noticeable. A German duo out of Dresden however have been working on changing that with silicone prosthetics that are indistinguishable from the real body part.
When looking at the image above, at first glance most people would have a hard time figuring out what is the prosthetic and what is real. Upon very close inspection you may be able to discover that the thumb is actually a very life-like prosthetic, but at first glance it looks like a normal hand.
That was the goal of designers Alex Stamos and Christoph Braun, of Stamos and Braun Prosthesenwerk in Dresden, Germany. Each prosthetic is individually tailored to the person in need, and is seen not only as a restoration of what was lost but as a piece of art.
Braun has been working in the traditional prosthetics field for 18 years but after seeing what Stamos was able to accomplish with silicone, the two decided to go into business together, combining both of their experiences.
“Alex does more of the individual silicone work while I build the prosthetic under the glove,” Braun told the Daily Mail. “We thought we need to make something special. We like to show people that a prosthetic doesn’t need to look old and ugly. We like to give a good feeling to the patients. It is bad enough that they have lost something. So if we are able to make them happy with something cool, it feels good to everybody.”
Making the prosthetics look as realistic as possible does have its drawbacks as they do not function as well as the ones made with built-in bionics. However, Braun doesn’t think it is that big of a drawback and told the Daily Mail that their prosthetics help people live a more normal day-to-day life.
Sources: Daily Mail
Photo: Stamos and Braun Prosthesenwerk