Miguel Nicolelis — mind-controlled robotic avatars now a reality

Miguel Nicolelis, founder of Duke’s Center for Neuroengineering, presented his astonishing work on mind-controlled robotic avatars, which have already been successful in primate research, at TEDMED in 2012 (video below).

Two years later, the first kick of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be delivered by a paralysed teenager using a robotic body suit controlled by his or her brain. The exoskeleton, based on Nicolelis’ work, has been designed as part of the international ‘Walk Again Project‘ and will use motorised metal braces to support and bend the teenager’s legs.

Read more at the DailyMail »


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