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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.

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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

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