The World Cup opening ceremony next month in Brazil in and of itself will be enough to make June 12 a standout for athletes and their fans but yet another eye-opener may make the Sao Paulo stadium opener long remembered globally. This is when a mind-controlled exoskeleton designed to enable a paralyzed person to walk is to make its debut. Wednesday’s BBC report provided the latest developments in the robotic suit. “If all goes as planned,” wrote Alejandra Martins, “the robotic suit will spring to life in front of almost 70,000 spectators and a global audience of billions of people.”
The exoskeleton was developed by an international team of scientists, part of the Walk Again Project, and described by the BBC report as a “culmination” of over 10 years of work by Dr Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian neuroscientist at Duke University in North Carolina. The effort comes from an international collaboration, including the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering. The goal is to show the brain-controlled exoskeleton during the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Joining the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering are the Technical University of Munich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal in Brazil, University of California, Davis, University of Kentucky, and The Duke immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE).
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