Powered Arm Prosthetics Competition


Pilots with forearm or upper arm amputations are equipped with exoprosthetic devices (arm prostheses). The pilots are asked to solve as many tasks as possible within a given time limit.

In the first part, the pilots are challenged by tasks related to daily life activities (daily life race). Therefore, the pilots are allowed to use both hands and arms, as well as any other part of the body. The daily life race includes tasks such as preparing breakfast and carrying bags (e.g. to the airport), related to a day of travelling.


In the second part, pilots are faced with tasks that explicitly challenge the performance of the prostheses, i.e. the technology (performance race). Therefore, the pilots are only allowed to use the prosthetic arm. The performance race consists of a wire loop task and a puzzle-type task. In the wire loop task, the pilots hold a conductive wire loop with which a metal wire needs to be followed without making contact between the two wires. In the puzzle-type task, pilots need to grab, carry, and place pieces into a target area. The puzzle pieces are made of different weight and shape, and they have different handles in order to perform different grips and manipulations.




 A more detailed course description and the complete set of rules can be found here. Interested in participating? Information about registration can be found under “Registration”.

Inclusion Criteria for Pilots

In addition to the general inclusion criteria, participating pilots must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Forearm amputation or more proximal amputation of at least one arm.

Inclusion Criteria for Technology

In addition to the general rules, the following criteria apply for the powered prosthesis technology:

  • Passive and active prostheses are allowed.
  • The prosthetic device is allowed to have any number of actively driven (powered) joints (e.g. for hand opening/closing or wrist pronation/supination). They can have several passive or mechanically coupled joints (e.g. at the fingers). Also any kind of body powered (e.g. cable driven) systems are allowed.
  • Surface or implanted electrode systems can be used to access sensory or motor nerves.
  • Osseointegration is allowed if pilots are in a clinically stable condition and any health risks (e.g. infections) can be excluded.
  • There is no weight limitation for the prosthesis.

The complete set of rules including the specific rules for the different disciplines can be found here.