Exoskeleton suits, also known as wearable robotics, have been around the last couple of years, but are still a bit too pricey for the everyday consumer. One of the leading companies, Ekso Bionics, have been around since 2005 and have a walking suite for rehabilitation that has been used widely. With last months public offering to private investors the company has raised 20,6 milion dollar making it a publicly traded company on the OTC markets. Hopefully this will help the company expand further and bring these devices closer to our every day life.
Most applications for these walking devices are in rehabilitation and prosthetics, but a few attempts are also made towards industry. The Honda bionic legs were shown to the world in 2008 and was intended for load reduction for workers in crouching positions, but not much have been heard from them since.