Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Exoskeleton-wearing teen - paralyzed - to kick off the World Cup

When the World Cup kicks off this summer in Brazil, a paralyzed teen, using a mind-controlled exoskeleton, will make the ceremonial first kick.

Sponsored by the Walk Again Project, this event will showcase how technology improves lives. The Walk Again Project is a nonprofit, international collaboration among the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering, the Technical University of Munich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal in Brazil, The University of California, Davis, The University of Kentucky, and Regis Kopper of The Duke immersive Virtual Environment.

The candidate will he will be picked from a pre-approved group of patients who have been taught how to operate the sophisticated exoskeleton.

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