2014 World Cup Kick Off Aided by 3D Printed Exoskeleton
Whether you like soccer (football) or not, you have to love how the 2014 World Cup is being kicked off… literally. A paralyzed teen is expected to kick off the games using a high-tech exoskeleton and 3D printed helmet equipped with advanced mind-control technology. Strategically placed electrodes will send commands from the teen’s brain to a computer that will use wireless technology to control the exoskeleton’s movements.
A collaborate effort that included contributions from Colorado State, Duke University and the Technical University of Munich. While some focused on 3D printing the custom helmet or exoskeleton, others worked on the mind controls. The event is being sponsored by Walk Again. Dr. Miguel A.L. Nicolelis, a neuroscientist from the organization and native Brazilian, convinced FIFA officials there to allow the paraplegic’s participation in the ceremony – which will have a world-wide audience.
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