Paralyzed Teen to Open the World Cup With an Exoskeleton

A paralyzed teen will have the chance to perform the opening kick of this year's World Cup thanks to a set of mind-controlled robotic limbs.
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A paralyzed teen will have the chance to perform the opening kick of this year's World Cup thanks to a set of mind-controlled robotic limbs.
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Photo Credit: Walk Again Project

The first ball kick at this year's World Cup will be performed by a paralyzed teen, with the help of a mind-controlled exoskeleton. Colorado State University, the Technical University of Munich and the Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal in Brazil, among others, have teamed together to help Duke University's Walk Again Project provide a motorized exoskeleton to the chosen teen. 

The exoskeleton comes with a mind-controlled helmet that was 3D printed, layer-by-layer, to ensure it would fit properly and connect with electrodes. 

Check out the video below to see how the helmet works and to learn more about advancements in robotics and 3D printing.