Walk Again Project: Paralyzed Teen to Kick Off World Cup?

The World Cup is coming! Aside from eagerly awaiting the opening ceremony wardrobe choice of the Italian National Men’s Team, the kick-off is going to be one for the history books.

According to NewScientist:

The first kick of the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil might not come from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Instead, if all goes to plan, a teenager paralysed from the waist down will use the world’s most advanced mind-controlled exoskeleton to swing at the ball.

The spectacle will showcase the Walk Again Project, an international collaboration using technology to overcome paralysis. The team’s exoskeleton supports the lower body and is controlled by patterns of brain activity detected by electrodes placed either on the scalp or within the brain itself. These signals are sent wirelessly to a computer worn by the wearer, that converts them into movements. The kicker will be one of a small group of people training in Brazil with a virtual exoskeleton before trying the real thing.

And while we are NOT fans of using animals in experiments, this video is pretty amazing (and its a cartoon monkey).

Full article Source NEWSCIENTIST