Paralyzed Teen Will Kick First Ball at 2014 World Cup Thanks to Technology (Video)

Walk Again Project

There’s a teenaged soccer fan out there somewhere who’s going to kick the ceremonial first ball at the 2014 FIFA World Cup next month, and he probably doesn’t even think such a thing is possible. That’s because he’s paralyzed, but thanks to technology being developed by the Walk Again Project, he’ll be able to.

The technology is obviously too complicated to explain here, but the important thing is that it aims to do just what the name of the project says: Help paralyzed individuals to walk again. It works by way of an exoskeleton that interfaces directly with impulses in the brain to develop a kind of substitute body for walking and other activities (like kicking a soccer ball).

There are several paralyzed teenagers throughout the world currently learning to use the Walk Again Project device and vying for the chance to ring in the World Cup in June. For more about the project, just take a look at the video below.

Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]




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