Mind-controlled Exoskeleton Opens World Cup, But You'd Never Know

Talk about dropping the ball. Earlier today, Juliano Pinto — a 29 year-old paraplegic — successfully kicked off the 2014 FIFA World Cup by using a mind-controlled exoskeleton. But sadly, most TV networks failed to show it.

After months of hype, the official broadcast of the opening ceremonies showed only a fraction of it, while some TV networks missed the event altogether. Commentators criticized the organizers for casting aside the moment in favor of performing acts.

The Twittersphere was unhappy:

Mind-controlled Exoskeleton Opens World Cup, But You'd Never Know

Mind-controlled Exoskeleton Opens World Cup, But You'd Never Know

Mind-controlled Exoskeleton Opens World Cup, But You'd Never Know

Here's a camcorder view:

The device was created by a team of more than 150 researchers led by Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolesis. More about the project here.