Companies and research labs are working on wearable robots made to help disabled people or to make the human body superhuman. Suits for the disabled are now used in rehabilitation centers, but a day may come when they will let people take to the sidewalks, the shopping malls — and maybe even the woods.
One company, Ekso, started shipping "exoskeletons" that are being used in physical therapy to get people out of wheelchairs and using their lower bodies so their muscles do not deteriorate. The military is testing the devices to allow soldiers to carry extra weight. But the cost is still very high for broad use. Patients learn to walk in the robotic suits surprisingly quickly. People who haven't walked in years are said to be able to adapt in two days.Could there come a day where we don our exoskeleton and take a 200 mile walk?