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Robotics company Cyberdyne shows off its HAL robot suit, an exoskeleton designed to be worn by rescue, recovery, factory, and health-care workers who do a lot of lifting, and disabled people, who would use the exoskeleton to regain mobility. The 23-kilogram suit moves in unison with the wearer when sensors attached to the skin pick up signals from the wearer’s motor neurons.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.