A newly developed Ironman-esque powered armor suit could help paraplegics walk, according to NASA researchers.

Ironman_SuitA robotic exoskeleton similar to Ironman’s powered armor suit could help paraplegics walk, according to NASA researchers who designed the device to keep astronauts in shape on flights to Mars.

The 57-pound X1 suit is worn over a person’s body and can be used to either assist or inhibit movement of the leg joints.

Other potential applications for the X1 include rehabilitation, gait modification, and offloading weight from the wearer to the exoskeleton.

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Source: John Raoch | NBC News
Image: Robert Markowitz | NASA