The Rise of the Exoskeletons sounds like a science fiction motion picture coming to a theater near you. But it’s really an exciting development for future retirees and unretirees that just might help you work as long as you like.
Scientists, researchers and high-tech companies are turning into reality the kind of mechanical marvels boomers lapped up watching The Six Million Dollar Man and RoboCop. The recent progress is nothing short of stunning, holding out the promise that exoskeletons and related robotic technologies could overcome the kinds of disabilities that prevent many older Americans from working. “Soon, we will have exoskeletons that improve mobility for older people,” says Steve Collins, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.