Futbole for quadriplegics in Rio

Ian Sample, at the Guardian yesterday brings this extraordinary news:

“Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroengineer at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, will be watching the opening ceremony of the Brazilian World Cup in 2014 more closely than anyone. Amid the spectacle of the event that will draw millions of viewers around the world will be a very public unveiling of his greatest work.


One of the highlights of the ceremony will see the Brazilian team walk on to the pitch for the first time in the tournament, striding out behind two quadriplegic teenagers. Nicolelis then wants the teenagers, wearing exoskeletons controlled by his technology, to approach and kick the ball.”

I hope it happens. link to Miguels’ lab at Duke. Guessed: Miguel is brasileiro.


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