ars technica takes Ekso Bionics's exoskeleton out for a spin. The interesting thing about this particular exoskeleton is that it is entirely mechanical: it uses no electrical power to shift the weight away from the wearer.
But once I had the suit on, all of the weight was gone. The swing arm and the exoskeleton took off all of the weight, as if while on a hike, I had set my backpack down on a rock while it was still on me. The arm was incredibly fluid, there was no jerkiness or hesitation as I moved it around in all directions.
Walking was a little awkward, but even easier than expected, and Angold assured me that if I continued wearing it, my gait would become closer to normal as my brain figured it out.
"We figured out how to support weight without any power," Angold said. "Some of the patents are on load carriage."
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