They were once the stuff of science fiction. In recent years, a host of government and private groups have begun experimenting with robotic exoskeletons able to augment the human body — and even restore paraplegics’ ability to walk.
The U.S. military has been a major sponsor of exoskeleton development. But commercial, medical firms have raced ahead of the Pentagon in actually getting the robotic devices into everyday use.
Last month, Argo Medical Technologies, an Israeli-founded firm based in Massachusetts, announced that its ReWalk exoskeleton had been approved for personal use in Europe.