Humans have dreamed of using machines to make our bodies stronger since the 19th century. That dream, as we grow more reliant on technology, is quickly becoming a reality. Initially, mechanical suits, or exoskeletons, were designed to help soldiers and construction workers do their jobs more efficiently by increasing strength and agility. Today, engineers are finally manufacturing exoskeletons, but for a much more important purpose.
With the help of companies like Ekso Bionics, paraplegics can use exoskeletons to get up out of their wheelchairs and walk. Many places across the country still lack wheelchair accessibility, and exoskeletons will allow users to travel uninhibited. Of course, this shouldn't keep us from continuing to make everything wheelchair accessible, but it is a good start towards a more mobile future.