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Ekso Bionics, robotic suit

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Ekso Bionics
Developer of: Self-contained robotic walking suit
Cool factor: This battery-powered suit is already in use in 15 rehab clinics around the country. Weighing around 50 pounds, it consists of mechanical braces that strap onto and around a patients's legs, enabling the individual to lift and move legs forward. Electronic crutches and a back-mounted computer control the whole thing. Armed with a CE marking since May, the company is now pursuing overseas sales, The New York Times reported in a profile of the company. Plans call for seeking FDA approval at some point, in order to expand the amount of patients with spinal cord injuries and lower-limb paralysis to walk on their own.