being paraplegic is a condition only those who are can understand the extent of. it extends way beyond the body and affects all aspects of a person’s life at all times. when you are trapped in your own body, you are often forced to rely on others for the tiniest of tasks – some less pleasant to ask as a favor than others. however, the hardest deprivation mentioned by paraplegics is the inability to stand up.
as a response, ekso bionics, a pioneer in the field of robotic exoskeletons has developed ‘ekso’, a wearable robot – or exoskeleton – that powers people with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness to get them standing up and walking. it is a ready-to-wear, battery-powered, bionic device that is strapped over the user’s clothing. when equipped with the assistive device, walking can be achieved by a forward lateral weight shift to initiate a step. battery-powered motors drive the legs and replace neuro-muscular function.