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Swiss Arena, Kloten, Zurich, Switzerland, 8 October 2016
The Cybathlon is a championship for pilots with disabilities who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies. The competitions are comprised by different disciplines that apply the most modern powered knee prostheses, wearable arm prostheses, powered exoskeletons, powered wheelchairs, electrically stimulated muscles and novel brain-computer interfaces. The assistive devices can include commercially available products provided by companies, but also prototypes developed by research labs. There will be two medals for each competition, one for the pilot, who is driving the device, and one for the provider of the device.

The main goal of the Cybathlon is to provide a platform for the development of novel assistive technologies that are useful for daily life. Through the organization of the Cybathlon we want to help removing barriers between the public, people with disabilities and science. The event is organized by ETH Zurich.

Cybathlon News


Tech Providers of the Cybathlon: Team Mahidol

Team Mahidol travelled from Thailand to compete in the BCI and FES bike races at the rehearsal event. We spoke to team leader Jetsada Arnin about his motivations and experiences. Read more


Pilots of the Cybathlon: Greg McClure

After a motorbiking accident in 1993 left Greg McClure with a spinal cord injury he became heavily involved in spinal injury at the University of Sydney. Read about his experiences at the Cybathlon rehearsal and his hopes for the event next year. Read more


Cybathlon practice session a success

Zurich will host the first Cybathlon in autumn 2016, bringing together physically impaired people from all over the world to compete against each other using the latest assistive technologies. ETH Zurich welcomed 30 of the participating teams from 15 countries to complete a practice session at the Swiss Arena in Kloten. Read more



Bionic athletes compete in disciplines drawn from everyday life

Next year's Cybathlon will host people with physical disabilities equipped with advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies. The goal of this unique competition is to remove barriers between people with physical disabilities, researchers and the general public and to promote the development of assistive technologies that are useful for daily life. We talked to Robert Riener, the Cybathlon's main organizer and Professor of Sensory-Motor Systems at ETH. Read more 

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