On June 12, Brazil and Croatia match launched the beginning of the 2014 World Cup. At the opening ceremony, however, the healthcare industry was cheering for something else besides football. The first kick was given by a paralysed teenager. This remarkable feat was possible thanks to an exo-skeleton controlled by the teenager’s brain.
"The Walk Again Project is headed by Duke University's Center for Neuroengineering in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich and a number of other universities and research groups worldwide. Together they are designing the exo-skeleton and a 3D printed helmet that contains a series of electrodes capable of capturing brain waves. This brain activity will then initiate the suit's movements.”
During this year of 2014, medtech breakthroughs have been more connected to sport events. Aired at the 2014 Super Bowl, Microsoft commercial shows how technology in general, and medical technology specifically, has improved the lives of countless people around the world. Another amazing video of Duracell, an American football player tells the story of how, despite being deaf, he managed to become a professional NFL player.