Partially 3D Printed Bionic Exoskeleton to Allow Paraplegic To Kick First Ball at World Cup in June

June 12th marks the start of the biggest sporting event of the year, the Men’s World Cup of Soccer. This year, the month long competition will be hosted in Brazil, and will be watched by close to one billion people worldwide. That equates to just about 14% of the entire world’s population. It’s a huge event for sports fans, however this year it may be even bigger for the medical and technology communities.
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Walking again at the World Cup with help from Colorado State University

Employees in CSU’s Idea-2-Product 3D printing laboratory have developed a protective liner that will be worn by a paralyzed Brazilian adult who, with the help of a robotic exoskeleton, will rise from a wheelchair, walk to the center of the field and kick a soccer ball to begin the games.
The demonstration, known as the Walk Again project, will take place during the opening ceremony June 12 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
(Quelle: Youtube / Colorado State University)


WALK AGAIN PROJECT is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition.

About The Walk Again Project, an international research consortium cofounded by Miguel Nicolelis, professor in biology at Duke University and neurophyisiologist. Discover what the professor and his team are intending to achieve at the 2014 World Cup Opening Ceremony, in Brazil.

DIRECTOR: Haroun Saifi
WRITING / EDITING: Léontine Bob & Haroun Saifi
SOUND: Florent Castellani
VFX: Mohamed Skifati & Hugo Touzé
VOICE-OVER: Krishna Lester
SPECIAL THANKS: Miguel Nicolelis, Solaiman Shokur, Susan A. Halkiotis, Rachel Bloch, Peter J. Lfft, Katie Z. Zhuang
Mikhail A. Lebedev
(Quelle: Youtube / studiosaifi)

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