The suit, which is expected to include sensors and its own energy source, is being designed to delay the onset of fatigue, enabling soldiers to travel farther in the field, while also supporting the body and protecting it from injuries when the soldier is carrying heavy loads.
In late 2011, Toyota Motor Corp. reported that it planned to release a group of robots that will act as health-care aids by 2013. The robots are being designed to lift patients and to help people suffering from paralysis to walk again.
NASA, which has used a robotic arm to carry astronauts in space and has a humanoid robot working on the International Space Station, said it will need humans and robots to work together to enable future, more industrious space missions.
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