Discovering 'Iron Man' will kick the first ball in the 2014 World Cup

AFP news agency (June 9) said that the first shot at the opening ceremony of this year's World Cup will be made by a disabled person thanks to a robotic jacket called Iron Man who can receive the signals. Control from the human brain.

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To create the 'Iron man-iron' jacket like above, Brazilian doctor Miguel Nicolelis and 156 scientists worldwide worked hard, in which he and 40 other scientists in the group did not left the lab from March 2014.

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Scientists are poring over robotic robes.

Under the scenario of the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony on June 12, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a character who is kept secret of his identity will leave his wheelchair to walk to the soccer field with a The robotic jacket is like an external skeleton that allows people with disabilities to walk and perform the first shot of the drums opening the tournament.

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This will be the first time to implement the idea of ​​using robots to kick the World Cup opening ball.

This jacket is designed with electronic circuits in the 'legs' that can send signals back to the wearer through an artificial skin attached to the arm, then transmit the feeling of movement and communication. . 'This is the first time an external skeleton is controlled by brain activity and provides feedback to the wearer. This is also the first time to use a soccer robot at a stadium, ' said Dr. Nicolelis, neuroscience expert at Duke University and research leader, told AFP news agency.

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This robot is also the first robot to receive signals from the human brain.

According to Nicolelis, he has been cultivating this idea since 2002, when scientists have just begun to discover the robot skeleton. In the 2009 World Cup, he publicly expressed this idea with the desire to send people the message that Brazil is investing in science.

However, some critics have criticized the practicality of the study and accused Nicolelis of taking an unfair part in the Brazilian government's research budget. But Nicolelis rejected these criticisms. He said that the $ 14 million grant from the Brazilian government for research over the past two years is 4-5 times less than the US investment in studying a mechanical arm.

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