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BRAIN, WAVE FOR ME

Melding mind to machine is helping paralyzed patients regain movement

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BEFORE THE OPENING match of the 2014 World Cup in São Paulo, Juliano Pinto, a young paraplegic Brazilian, was brought out onto the sidelines wearing a huge exoskeleton. Atop his head was a cap that monitored his brain waves and sent the information to a computer, which then translated the signals and fed them down to the mechanical structure strapped to his body. As the crowd of 50,000 looked on, Pinto’s foot flicked—and a soccer ball slid down an inclined ramp.

MINOR MIRACLE: Thanks to an exoskeleton and a cap that measured his brain waves, a young paraplegic boy named Juliano Pinto was able to kick a soccer ball at the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil.
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