But, from the reports in the internet news, apparently, there still are.
The latest example is a robotic “exoskeleton suit” being perfected by a Brazilian neuroscientist who wants to debut this life-changing invention at the opening ceremonies of the World Soccer Cup in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
The inventor, Miguel Nicolelis, a professor of neurosciences at Duke University, said he was inspired to create this exoskeleton suit so that paraplegic patients may have a way of walking again! As I’ve said before, one of the greatest things we can do in this world is to find ways to help others. And this invention, my friends, is certainly one of the best examples I have heard of, in a long time.
At the present time, apparently, Mr. Nicolelis is racing against the clock to try to complete this suit in time for the World Cup opening ceremonies. “When you make a promise to 250 million people, you can’t run out of time,” said Nicolelis in an interview with ABC News. “We left last night at 3:30 a.m. and back at 9:30 a.m. Everybody knows that we will never have anything like [this] again.”
This invention, I am told, is part of the “Walk Again Project,” which Nicolelis is running along with an international group of around 100 scientists and researchers. The machine is “worn” by the user and has small motors inside to help a paralyzed person walk or even kick a ball. What is truly amazing about this device is that it is “mind controlled.” The wearer has a cap fitted with electrodes that read the person’s brain waves and allow them to control the exoskeleton through the sensors. The machine “reads” the electrodes in order to start walking.
At the World Cup ceremonies, they plan to have a volunteer wear the suit, walk onto the field, and then kick a ball!
And you know, in the case of this astounding new invention, what I am particularly pleased by is its ingenious use of electricity, which is essentially what makes it possible to function. Who could imagine that a little experiment with a kite, a key, and a lightning storm so many centuries ago, would lead to miracles like this!
Your humble servant,