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Powered Exoskeletons Are Changing Mundane Lives

There’s been plenty of experimentation with exoskeletons, but we’re not just talking about Iron Man suits. Plenty of powered exoskeletons are made for military use, but robotics companies are steering towards a more consumer market with a mundane angle: the paralyzed. Physical therapy helps patients with paralysis to learn how to deal with their new lifestyle, but a lot of difficulties arise during therapy sessions. For example, if a patient has weak forearms, it’s difficult for him to maneuver his body during therapy. Those kinds of road blocks could keep patients from progressing or even continuing their treatment. However, by using the powered exoskeleton, a patient can relearn how to walk much easier or allow someone with complete paralysis to go on a stroll.