High-tech help on the biggest world stage
FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil next month will have a particularly high-tech start, as the first ball of the world’s biggest sporting event is kicked by a paralysed teen in a robotic exoskeleton.
The suit is built using the latest methods and controlled by the mind of the wearer.
Engineers at universities including Colorado State University, The Technical University of Munich and Duke University will have their creation on display for more than a billion people with the kicking of the first ball in Brazil on the 12th of June.
Colorado State University in recently published a video showing its portion of the Walk Again Project.
The clip describes how the mind-control helmet was 3D-printed layer-by-layer, making a bespoke fit for the wearer's head, which will allow the electrodes to be connected at exactly the right point.
More information is available in the video below, with more technical details in the video below that.