It’s been a long, rocky road for powered robotic exoskeletons … most of which are still incapable of walking down long and rocky roads.

But exoskeleton markets are set to reach $2.8 billion by 2023, up from $299.8 million in 2017, according to a global forecast by ReportsnReports.

That’s an enormous spike — and I’d guess a slightly inflated one. But the signs are hard to ignore: Exoskeleton technology is market-ready, and a variety of industries are looking seriously at adopting the technology.

First some history. The early promise of powered exoskeletons, which developed predominantly in grad school labs in the 1990s and early-2000s, was mobility.

Ekso Bionics is one of the early startups to bring the technology to market, with the aim of mobility-impaired individuals wearing slim exoskeletons under their clothes and walking onto airplanes or strolling into restaurants.

Read more: Prediction: You’ll see a whole bunch of people wearing robots at work in 2018 | ZDNet

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Published by Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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