The volunteers had to use a virtual reality simulator to help them to remember how to walk before they can use this exoskeleton. They don't know who will be using it at this moment because it won't be completed until about 30 minutes before the event. Kind of cutting it close. Then they will chose whoever fits it the best.The ceremonial first kick of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be made by a paralyzed volunteer from the Association of Assistance to Disabled Children wearing a robotic exoskeleton that the user will be controlling with his or her mind.
Brazil World Cup to be kicked off by paraplegic in mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton
Scientists are hoping this event will inspire more research into brain machine interfaces. If it will help paralyzed people walk again I hope it does too.
I wish ever who gets picked luck. I know this will be a day they will never forget and a turning point in their life.
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