Exoskeleton helps paraplegic kick off World Cup | Science News

Be a Champion for Science

Get your subscription to

Science News when you join.

Science Ticker

Your daily roundup of research news

Science News Staff
Science Ticker

Exoskeleton helps paraplegic kick off World Cup

A brain-controlled exoskeleton, shown in this artist's illustration, helped a paralyzed person make the first kick at the World Cup.

Sponsor Message

A paralyzed person wearing a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton has made the first kick at the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil. The exoskeleton allowed the person to take a step and kick a ball by translating electrical signals from the patient's brain into action. The successful kickoff to the competition is a big step in turning paralyzed people's dreams of walking into reality.

For more on human exoskeletons, read SN's Mind to motion feature.

Credit: Raffi Zack/YouTube

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More Body & Brain articles