Battery-Powered Exoskeleton

Here’s a happy thought: one day, people with spinal-cord injuries expect to walk, rather than live life in a wheelchair. At least, that’s what Esko Bionics is hoping.

They’re the brains behind this cool battery-powered exoskeleton, which can help a person with lower-extremity paralysis walk. Basically, a user leans forward to initiate a step, and motors drive the legs forward. The suit straps over the user’s clothing, and nearly everyone who uses an Esko can learn to walk in their first session with a physical therapist.

How do you get one? Take a look at this map of centres around the world.

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