June 13, 2014
Personally, I was not impressed with yesterday’s World Cup Opening Ceremony at Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil. What was impressive was the first kick from a paralyzed volunteer wearing a robotic mind-controlled exoskeleton. Those 7 seconds marked a historic moment for technology and science.
According to the BBC, Juliano Pinto is a 29-year-old with complete paralysis of the lower trunk. His robotic exoskeleton was created by a team of more than 150 researchers led by Brazilian neuroscientist Dr. Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University. The exoskeleton uses a cap placed on the volunteer’s head and picks up brain signals that are relayed back to a computer in the exoskeleton’s backpack.
Pinto kicked the official ball a short distance along by the touchline.
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