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Video: Hyundai is Bringing Exo-Skeletons to the Masses

Yuichi Imahata walks using a robotic exoskeleton called ReWalk at Kanagawa Rehabilitation Center in Atgugi, west of Tokyo.

Yuichi Imahata walks using a robotic exoskeleton called ReWalk at Kanagawa Rehabilitation Center in Atgugi, west of Tokyo. // Shuji Kajiyama/AP

The idea of an Iron Man-like power suit is one of popular imagination, but Hyundai hopes to bring a more practical version to reality.

Commonly known as a car manufacturer, Hyundai is expanding the notion of mobility with its H-Mex suits. The company is currently in a testing phase and has tested the suit with patients with paralysis.

The light-weight H-Mex can be worn over normal clothes, it's controlled via buttons on the crutch handle and boasts a 4-hour battery life. While users won't be able to run a mile, they certainly can take a nice stroll and even climb stairs.

Similar suits are in development to prevent back injury during manual labor and provide mobility for elderly people, who find walking a bit difficult.

Expect these suits to come to market by 2018.

To learn more, check out the video below from Wired:

By Caitlin Fairchild December 21, 2016

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