The very first kick of the 2014 world cup was unlike any other in history. The ceremonial kickoff of the world cup was performed by a paraplegic man wearing a robotic exoskeleton which he controlled with his brain!
This testimony to human innovation and ingenuity is truly on par with the moon landing. A team of 166 neuroscientists, roboticists, and technicians from all over the world worked together over the last 18 months to make this dream become a reality.
The team was lead by Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroscientist out of Duke university, one of the world's experts in decoding neural signals. In the coming decades technologies straight out of science fiction such as telepathy and telekenesis will become a reality.
Truly the start of the world cup was one small kick for man, one kickass accomplishment for mankind!
A small part of a large-scale international collaborative project called Walk Again, the exoskeleton technology in question supports the lower body, using brain activity to trigger movements in the suit. Brain waves are detected using electrodes on the scalp, beamed wirelessly to the exoskeleton, and processed into commands which produce movement.