Personalized Prosthetic Covers
BALTIMORE — Four years ago, Winston Frazer was a talented artist with more interests than he knew what to do with.
He had changed majors at the Maryland Institute College of Art from photography to painting and sculpture and back, always chasing the “next shining diamond.” He’d recently taken an interest in digital fabrication.
It took traveling to a poor African country to discover his real passion.
Frazer was visiting Sao Tome and Principe, an island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, when he met a number of amputees — a reflection, he said, of the country’s poor health care — and took note that these courageous people seemed to suffer embarrassment over their appearance.
Why not, he wondered, blend his abilities to help them?
Frazer, now 25, is the founder and CEO of Danae Prosthetics, a startup company that allows lower-limb amputees to take part in designing and creating covers for their own prosthetic devices.