Watch a paraplegic in an exoskeleton open the World Cup — with a kick
As promised, a paralyzed man did certainly kick off at present’s World Cup festivities by sporting a thoughts-managed robotic exoskeleton. Juliana Pinto, a 29-yr-previous paraplegic, was one among eight sufferers chosen for the opening ceremony after in depth coaching in a lab in Sao Paulo. Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroscientist from Duke College who’s the chief of the Stroll Once more Undertaking, was ecstatic, proclaiming on Twitter “We did it!!!” Although the kick, as you’ll be able to see above, was only a easy nudge to the ball, it is truly extraordinarily difficult. Nicolelis advised the AFP information company that it is “the primary time an exoskeleton has been managed by mind exercise and provided suggestions to the sufferers,” and that “doing an indication in a stadium” has by no means been accomplished earlier than. Sadly, it appears this momentous event wasn’t captured on as many tv networks as the remainder of the opening ceremony, which strikes us as a crying disgrace. Hit the supply hyperlinks for extra info on this miraculous innovation and have a peek at a fan-captured video of the occasion after the break.
We did it!!!!
– Miguel Nicolelis (@MiguelNicolelis) June 12, 2014