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Exoskeleton helps paralysed patients to walk again

13 June 2014 Last updated at 07:37 BST

A cutting-edge exoskeleton designed by a Brazilian neuroscientist has been featured as part of the 2014 Fifa World Cup opening ceremony.

Paraplegic Juliano Pinto gave the first kick to Brazuca, the official World Cup ball, by donning an Iron Man-like robotic suit controlled by brain signals.

It is being viewed as an important step in the development of a replacement to the wheelchair.

Disability Affairs correspondent Nikki Fox has been to see how patients in Britain are using new technologies to become mobile.