Championship for athletes with disabilities - using robotic assistive devices
Cybathlon – moving people and technology
Saturday, 8 October 2016
SWISS Arena Kloten
From 10:00 to 18:00
More information about the event and the programme: Cybathlon
A world premiere
On Saturday, 8 October 2016 ETH Zurich organised the very first Cybathlon! Individuals with physical disabilities competed side by side in six demanding disciplines, using the latest assistive technologies.
The audience could watch the athletes as they tackled flights of stairs in the new wheel chairs and proved their speed and skill using the most up-to-date modern prostheses. The various races tested how the competitors cope with specific challenges and activities from everyday life. There were races for athletes with powered arm and leg prostheses, for those wearing a robotic exoskeleton, and for powered wheelchairs. There was also a race for cyclists using electrical muscle stimulation, and even a brain-computer interface race.
Visitors could try out for themselves at the Cybathlon hands-on demo how it feels to walk with an artificial limb, or to negotiate uneven terrain in a wheelchair, as well as find out how prostheses and wheelchairs have improved over the last decade. This put them in a good position to really appreciate the tireless efforts of the teams!
"ETH Zurich stands for teaching and research at the highest level, and for the transfer of this knowledge to economy and the society at large. Competition is so often the trigger for innovation, and so, on the initiative of Professor Robert Riener, we have created the Cybathlon. Taking part in this tournament are 80 teams drawn from all around the world, made up of people with disabilities and those developing the latest technology. And the goal here is not to jump higher, run faster or leap further, but to tackle the challenges of everyday life with the help of the latest high-precision technical aids. ETH Zurich is a leader in medical robotics and rehabilitation; the Cybathlon is proof of how we use our knowledge to serve society."
Professor Lino Guzzella, President of ETH Zurich
You can find a look back at the event in form of a press release as well as media pictures and video footage here: