NASA is developing a robotic exoskeleton designed to help astronauts stay healthy in space that could also help paraplegics walk. The X1 has 10 joints and multiple adjustment points and is worn over the legs with a harness over the back and shoulders. It can serve to inhibit movement in space, which would help astronauts exercise in low gravity, or in reverse mode, as an assistive device for Earth-bound individuals with ambulatory problems. The X1 is still in the research-and-development phase, according to NASA.
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