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May 28th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Mind-controlled exoskeleton to help paralyzed teen to kick first ball at World Cup

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Advances in robotics and 3D printing are improving people’s lives.

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Thanks to an international collaboration between universities such as Colorado State University, the Technical University of Munich and the Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal in Brazil, a paralyzed teen is set to open this year’s World Cup by kicking a football while wearing a motorized exoskeleton controlled by his or her brain. (Video)

 

Colorado State University in particular recently published a video of its portion of the Walk Again Project, describing just how the mind-control helmet was 3D-printed layer-by-layer in order to fit the wearer’s head and connect the electrodes. Take a peek after the break to see the video in question, which also offers a fascinating look into how advances in robotics and 3D printing can improve people’s lives. Which is a hell of a lot more entertaining than watching Nigel de Jong roughing up Xabi Alonso again.

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Via Engadget

 

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