Powered Exoskeleton Race
During the exoskeleton race, pilots with complete paraplegia negotiate an obstacle course consisting of typical everyday tasks such as climbing stairs or sitting down on a chair.
Exoskeletons are wearable, motorised supports (orthoses) which allow, for example, people with paraplegia to walk again. The use of these devices is still rare; they are currently mainly used for physiotherapy in hospitals. Exoskeletons dramatically increase the patients’ mobility, which consequently improves their overall health.
Pilots compete against one another on parallel tracks and perform several tasks related to daily life. The pilot that solves the most tasks in the least amount of time wins the race. Only pilots with complete paralysis of the legs resulting from spinal cord injuries are eligible to participate.
The challenge for the pilots is to guide the exoskeleton into correctly performing the movements.