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Paralysed Child To Ceremonially Kick-Off 2014 World Cup Using Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Suit (Video)

By Chris Wright

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Now that’s a headline! Brazil’s World Cup committee are hoping that a paralysed child will be able to perform the ceremonially ‘kicking-off’ of the 2014 tournament with assistance from a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit.

The exoskeleton suit is being designed and tested by the Walk Again Project¬†and, according to Gizmodo, “supports the lower body, using brain activity to trigger movements in the suit”:

“Brain waves are detected using electrodes on the scalp, beamed wirelessly to the exoskeleton, and processed into commands which produce movement.

“That motion, however, will be complemented by feedback, to make the experience feel more natural. That means the suit will include sensors to monitor touch, temperature and forces on the suit, which will be fed back to the user via visual displays and vibrating motors.”

Though an actual ‘kicker’ is yet to be selected, they will eventually be picked from a small group of disabled children who will be training using the virtual technology in Brazil during¬†the run-up to the World Cup…

Kewl.

(Via Gizmodo/New Scientist)

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By Chris on February 7th, 2014 in Newsnow, World Cup. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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7 Responses to “Paralysed Child To Ceremonially Kick-Off 2014 World Cup Using Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton Suit (Video)”

  1. carl says:

    I fucking love living in the future

  2. porcelain sandwich says:

    This technology is years ahead of a country that is struggling to even get its stadia constructed on time.

  3. pure imagination says:

    I heard the kid is good at dribbling…

  4. Joe says:

    a) The headline sounds like a Brass Eye random headline generator.

    b) The kid they choose can’t do as bad a job as Diana Ross in ’94.

  5. Klaus Augenthaler says:

    Ah Diana Ross. never forget

  6. TomTom says:

    Umm yeah you guys are a solid two months behind on this story

  7. Helen Keller says:

    Oh wait…

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