Paralyzed teen to kick-off proceedings at 2014 FIFA World Cup wearing brain-controlled exoskeleton suit
This year’s FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil could see a grand never before seen inaugural ceremony and the first kick to set off the event could be even better. Going by the tech savvy times we are in, 2014 FIFA World Cup could see a paralyzed Brazilian teenager wearing a mechanical exoskeleton controlled by brain and kick-off the ball. The exoskeleton will be actuated by motorized metal braces that are stabilized by gyroscopes and powered by a battery carried by the wearer in the backpack. To train the lucky kid on using this exoskeleton months of training on the virtual simulator will be given so that the teen will deliver the perfect kick at the at the start of FIFA 2014. This whole imagination is a part of the Walk Again Project headed by Brazilian neuroscientist at Duke University who has put a lot of hard work into the mind-controlled robotic suit.
The teenager will be wearing a non-invasive headgear that tracks brain signals and miraculously let him/her walk again. This Brain-machine interface is in a way pinnacle of mind controlled systems that aim at restoring a disabled person’s walking or other dexterous abilities lost due to some accident or childhood disability. This Walk Again Project is a 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.