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A Paraplegic's Unforgettable Opening Kick At The World Cup

The international Walk Again Project team used neuroscience, technology and 3D printing to make the impossible, possible at the big match.

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A 29 year old paraplegic kicked off the opening match of the 2014 World Cup


An international consortium called The Walk Again Project, led by a pioneering Brazilian neuro-engineer Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University, developed this project which allowed a paraplegic man to perform the ceremonial first kick of the World Cup.

Using 3D scans of his head, the team at CSU custom designed a liner, a crucial part of the design


The Colorado State University (CSU) Idea 2 Product Laboratory jumped in to help, designing a helmet liner that would be able to protect the important brain signal-capturing electrodes that control this mechanical exoskeleton.

The cap had to be comfortable yet rigid


The liner had to protect the electrodes from any movement so that there would be no interruption to the brain signals, yet comfortable enough that he would not overheat in the hot Brazilian sun.

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