Long the subject of science fiction novels and Hollywood blockbusters — is now helping paraplegics make walking a reality.

The so-called Ekso, a mechanical skeleton created by California-based company Ekso Bionics, is designed to give paraplegics the power to walk unaided.

The innovation mean the power of bionics, which inspired the hit movie Iron Man and the television series The Six Million Dollar Man, is becoming reality.

Suzanne Edwards, who suffered a spinal chord injury that left her wheelchair-bound, has used the Ekso and told CNN it was an “amazing feeling.”

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/30/business/ekso-bionics-wheelchair/index.html?iid=article_sidebar)