Cybathlon 2016 for parathletes will put on show exoskeletons, prosthetics and brain-control interfaces
To give disabled athletes a chance to show-off their athletic skills, Switzerland will hold the world’s first Cybathlon, the championship for robot-assisted paratheletes in October 2016 that is going to be hosted by a coalition of Swiss robotics labs. This high-tech mecca of Olympics like games will have brain-controlled events where the athletes will have to beat each other in racing game controlled by brain alone using BCI (brain-computer interface). Another event would include electrical stimulation bike race where players with spinal cord injury will be pre-fitted with functional electrical stimulation devices so that they can pedal a cycling device around a circular course. Other events will have leg prosthetic race, exoskeleton powered race, powered wheelchair race and arm prosthetic race. In total the Cybathlon will have six events which are going to be attended by people from all over the globe.
This is going to be the chance to see some of the most advanced wearable technologies in display like wearable arm prosthetics, powered exoskeletons, electrically stimulated muscles and of all novelties; the brain-computer interfaces which would shape the future tech.
The prizes for the event will be divided into two categories, one for the pilot driving the device and other for the company or individual who has manufactured the wearable device or any other gadget for the event.