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An exoskeleton is a second skeletal frame, wrapped about the body, and corresponding to the positions of the torso, head, arms and legs. It is independently powered and usually made of metal.

There are two distinct uses for exoskeletons.

1. An exoskeleton is used to augment the powers of the body, offsetting disability or making a military unit far stronger.

2. An exoskeleton is sometimes used as a VR haptic interface, to simulate the resistance of objects. The person?s physical body tries to move, and the exoskeleton pushes back with force proportional to the resistance encountered.

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HAL is a powered exoskeleton suit created by 48 year old Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai of Tsukuba University, Japan.

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Two New Zealand inventors have produced what they claim are the world's first robotic legs to help paraplegics walk again.

The bionic legs were road-tested publicly for the first time Thursday by 23-year-old Hayden Allen who...

Every year thousands of people in Europe are paralysed by a spinal cord injury. Many are young adults, facing the rest of their lives confined to a wheelchair. Although no medical cure currently exists, in the future they could be able to w...

During the opening ceremony of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a paralyzed person wearing a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton made the first kick. Technology developed at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) endows the exoskelet...

A robotic exoskeleton has been developed to aid those who require extra strength, and are frail of body to begin with, by Yoshiyuki Sankai of the University of Tsukuba in Japan.

Dubbed HAL, or hybrid assistive limb, the lates...

A new exoskeletal frame from MIT takes a different tack to usual. This one does not make it easier for the muscles to move, it makes it easier to carry a large weight.

With obvious implications for construction, and military ...