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World Cup Kickoff Looms For Demo of Brain-Controlled Machine

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Miguel Nicolelis, neuroscientist

Miguel Nicolelis will use EEG sensors in a high-profile demo.

Credit: Paolo Whitaker/Reuters/Corbis

During the World Cup next week, there may be 1 minute during the opening ceremony when the boisterous stadium crowd in São Paulo falls silent: when a paraplegic young person wearing a brain-controlled, robotic exoskeleton attempts to rise from a wheelchair, walk several steps, and kick a soccer ball.

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