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Cybathlon

The Cybathlon is an international sporting competition organised by ETH Zurich for disabled athletes using bionic assistive technology, such as robotic prostheses, brain-computer interfaces and powered exoskeletons. It will be the first international professional competition of its kind,[1] and is scheduled to take place in Zurich, Switzerland, on 8 October 2016.[2][3]

Background

The Cybathlon is presented by ETH Zurich and comes out of a collaboration with the Swiss National Center of Competence in Robotics Research, which intends to use the competition to promote the development and widespread use of bionic technology.[1] Whereas other international competitions for disabled athletes, such as the Paralympics, only permit competitors to use unpowered assistive technology, the Cybathlon encourages the use of performance-enhancing technology such as powered exoskeletons.[1] Registration for the Cybathlon opened in October 2014.[4] A rehearsal event was held in Zurich in July 2015, allowing the participating teams to test and assess their bionic technologies.[5]

Events

The Cybathlon will feature six sporting events – a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bicycle race, a leg race, a wheelchair race, an exoskeleton race, an arm prosthetics race, and a computerized race for paralyzed competitors using brain-computer interfaces.[1] The competitors, known as "pilots", can use both commercially available bionic technology and lab-developed prototypes.[6] Medals will be awarded to both the athletes themselves and to the companies or institutions that create their bionics.[2]

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External links

  • Official website and YouTube channel
  • "Cybathlon 2016: first 'Olympics' for bionic athletes". Wired UK. 27 March 2014.
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