Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair

By Attila Nagy on at

The world’s largest orthopaedics event is happening right now in Leipzig, Germany. From prosthetic legs that enable people to run faster to exoskeletons that can make the disabled walk again, OT World 2016 is showcasing some of the most futuristic inventions you’ve ever seen. They’re also creepy as hell.

Bionic arms and ultra realistic limbs litter the showroom floor as over 500 exhibitors from 43 countries show off new ways to improve human mobility. You’ll also find orthotics, orthopaedic footwear technology, and compression therapy gadgets geared towards improving people’s lives. But based on the photos from the event, this industry seems to be inching towards creating a superhuman race of cyborgs.

Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair
A woman walks with prostheses at the stand of US company Freedom innovations. Image: Jens Meyer/AP

Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair
A group of monequins show off next generation braces from Sporlastic Orthopaedics. Image: Jens Meyer/AP

Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair
A woman dances with a knee orthosis at the booth of Icelandic company Oessur. Image: Jens Meyer/AP

Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair
More women dance with yet another knee orthosis at the Oessur booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP

Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair
Roger Parr fixes prosthetics reach for the sky at the Realistic Prosthetics booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP

Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair
A woman fixes a bandage at the Sporlastic Orthopaedics booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP

Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair
A model of a NASA spacesuit made with phase change material (PCM) displayed at the Outlast Technologies booth. The certified space technology enhances textiles by providing the benefit of proactive temperature regulation. Image: Jens Meyer/AP

Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair
Paraplegic Andre van Rueschen walks with the help of an exoskeleton manufactured by the company ReWalk Robotics. Image: Jens Meyer/AP

Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair
Uncanny prostheses displayed at the Dorset Orthopaedic booth. Image: Jens Meyer/AP

Take an Uncanny Tour of the World's Largest Prosthetics Fair
A man presents the bionic ‘i-limb quantum’ prosthesis from Touch Bionics. Image: Jens Meyer/AP