Fortunately, I've never broken an arm or leg and been forced to wear an itchy, uncomfortable, smelly cast for 6 weeks. When you think about it, plaster casts are pretty low-tech. Jake Evill Design hopes to modernize the cast and make wearing them slightly less awful:
"After many centuries of splints and cumbersome plaster casts that have been the itchy and smelly bane of millions of children, adults and the aged alike, the world over, we at last bring fracture support into the 21st century. The Cortex exoskeletal cast provides a highly technical and trauma zone localized support system that is fully ventilated, super light, shower friendly, hygienic, recyclable and stylish.
I hope I never have to wear a cast (as I furiously knock on wood), but if I do, I'd rather wear this one.