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Exoskeletons are transforming lives

Exoskeletons could be one of the most important tech breakthroughs of the 21st century. Here's why.

Learn more about exoskeletons other than seeing them in movies

An exoskeleton is a wearable, robotic suit that augments one's own strength, endurance, support and mobility. For many, an external power suit isn’t a product — it’s a second chance. Practical applications for an exosuit have been researched for use in military medical and industrial capacities. In the medical field, they have become an especially powerful rehab tool — especially for stroke survivors and victims of spinal paralysis.

Bit of adjustment

“I had a spinal cord injury in Connecticut, where I lived at the time, and where I did my inpatient rehab was about twenty-five minutes from my house. And it just so happened that they had an exoskeleton from ekso bionics. And, you know, two weeks into my inpatient rehab, when your world is crumbling before you and you have this accident at 20 years old and you just don't know what to do. Two months later, I'm in this device that is standing me up and I'm walking, not only walking, but excelling, walking in a natural gait pattern, walking almost to the point of what I was doing before my accident and the smile on your face is just ear to ear. You got your parents in the corner crying tears of joy because they never thought their child would get to this point,” Shane Mosko - Program Development Manager - Ekso Bionics tells Brut.

Unparalleled hope

According to GE, the earliest exoskeleton-like device was invented in Russia in 1890. In the 1960s, the U.S. military began seriously experimenting with power armor. In 2017, the market for wearable exoskeletons was $127.4 million — in 10 years, it is expected to reach $5.4 billion based on data from BIS Research. The lowest market price for a personal exosuit in 2019 was just above $1,000. so many individuals must suits sponsored by an organization or program like Kessler Foundation. Mosko says the future of exoskeletons could radically impact human life.

Brut.

01/08/2020 10:57 AM
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55 comments

  • Paul W.
    2 days

    Im so sure I can afford it ...Pffffft thanks but no thanks rather not walk and be able to live my life without having to pay you my savings to survive...

  • Connor B.
    3 days

    lmfao make it affordable or STFU

  • Barbara S.
    4 days

    Love n hugs! Keep strong

  • Andrew J.
    4 days

    Science doesn't tell you that you should be paralyzed. Scientists tells you that you are paralyzed. But it also tells you maybe we can fix that. ❤

  • Mandi S.
    5 days

    and Will you be at the in NJ/NYC?

  • Robin S.
    5 days

    What an incredible blessing

  • Lateesha A.
    02/15/2020 00:25

    this what we need

  • Syntia L.
    02/13/2020 21:17

    How much

  • Phyllis J.
    02/11/2020 15:01

    I cannot imagine $1000. Kessler just helped me get measured for a lightweight manual wheelchair that cost over $7000 (after insurance, $850). Wonderful invention, but likely NOT for the average income person.

  • Marcus M.
    02/08/2020 12:11

    I hear Stem cells can have the same effect

  • Nancy T.
    02/05/2020 22:37

    t

  • Richard G.
    02/04/2020 16:54

    I need that foreal 😁

  • Oliver P.
    02/04/2020 15:45

    Truly amazing

  • Iunre S.
    02/04/2020 02:53

    Legendary! You the real 🐐🐐

  • Monju T.
    02/03/2020 04:22

    Give me the address please

  • Fegyver A.
    02/01/2020 16:29

    The future began a long time ago.

  • Tyler K.
    01/31/2020 18:09

    medicine said you were paralyzed, science gave you your legs back

  • Malachi B.
    01/30/2020 14:18

    We gotta buy some Fasho

  • Hunter F.
    01/30/2020 13:18

    I saw this and looked them up. And they costed like 40 grand.

  • Joseph T.
    01/30/2020 03:26

    Super proud of you brother. I had to learn how to walk again. I got into a horrific motor vehicle accident. I was blessed enough to be able to learn how to walk on my own, but it took me several months. I can honestly empathize with how you feel, and it is an absolutely unbelievable earth shattering awesome feeling to learn how to walk again .