The Walk Again Project will officially launch at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Originally developed by a team of researchers at Duke University, the venture will enable a paralyzed Brazilian teenager to kick a soccer ball via a motor-baed exoskeleton and specialized helmet.
While exoskeletons have been used for some time, the World Cup demonstration will mark one of the most public displays of the technology and its ability to allow users to control the device by way of neural cues.
By allowing a paralyzed individual to partake in the physical launch of the soccer ball, the Walk Again Project is opening the doors to new forms of participation within professional athletic forums.
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