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Kickoff looms for demo of brain-controlled machine

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Science  06 Jun 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6188, pp. 1069-1070
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6188.1069

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Miguel Nicolelis is known as a pioneer in the field of brain-computer interface, but his latest project is attracting a much broader audience. If all goes according to plan, a paraplegic young person will walk and kick a soccer ball next week at the opening ceremonies of the World Cup in São Paulo using an EEG-controlled exoskeleton that Nicolelis and his team designed. The highly publicized project has drawn skepticism, as some colleagues question whether the technology is really a scientific advance, and whether it paints a realistic portrait of neuroprosthetics.