Exoskeleton featured in World Cup opening ceremony

June 12th was a special day for robotics. Juliano Pinto, a paraplegic 29 years old Brazilian kicked-off 2014 soccer World Cup using an exoskeleton. This kick-off is the crowning of an international research project called “walk again” conducted by 156 researchers from 25 countries and leaded by the Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis (Duke University, USA, and Natal Neuroscience Institute, Brazil). The legs of the exoskeleton were controlled by Juliano through brain impulses captured by electrodes in a cap in Juliano’s head. This was the central purpose the international project: to allow a paralyzed person to move his members. The exoskeleton was also featured by IEEE Standards Association. You can also watch a video from GeoBeats.