30 Dec '11, 6pm

This year, the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton for paraplegics hits the market Exciting time to be alive. HT @newsbeagle

This year, the Ekso Bionics exoskeleton for paraplegics hits the market Exciting time to be alive. HT @newsbeagle

Photo: Cathy Clarke/Mount Sinai Medical Center Stepping Out At Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, Robert Woo uses the Ekso to walk again. Click image to enlarge. In a rehab room at Mount Sinai Hospital in November, Robert Woo, an architect, is justifying his doctor's optimism. His high-tech wheelchair, which his kids have plastered with stickers, sits in the corner. That wheelchair has been his only source of mobility in the four years since a construction crane dropped 6 metric tons of metal on his job-site trailer, crushing his spine. But today Woo stands tall. He leans forward on the two walking sticks as physical therapists and Ekso technicians buzz around him. Standing in the Ekso feels like floating, Woo explains, and he's still getting used to it. "I'm always looking down, wondering, How are my feet doing?" he says with a smile. "I have to build up confidence i...

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