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Exoskeletons: A Primer
With applications ranging from the military to life-changing assistance, several companies are betting their new-generation exoskeletons will become robotics' next big thing.
By Barbara Donohue

An exoskeleton, also called a wearable robot, differs from other types of robotic devices in that it provides a shell or framework (skeleton) on the outside of a person’s body and essentially acts as an extension of that individual’s body. Probably the most familiar exoskeleton robots come from popular culture”‚ÄĚcomic books and movies such as the man/suit combination in the film Iron Man and the fighting robots in Avatar.

Exoskeleton robots may be classified as delivering two different kinds of service to users: orthosis and augmentation…

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