CYBATHLON

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Announcement

CYBATHLON 2024

The CYBATHLON 2024 will take place in a global format from 25 – 27 October 2024 in the Arena Schluefweg in Kloten and local hubs worldwide. A total of 100 teams from all around the world in eight different disciplines can participate in the CYBATHLON 2024.

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Event Stream - Challenges February 2024

A massive shoutout to all the teams for bringing their A-game to the CYBATHLON Challenges 2024! Thank you for being a driving force in pushing the boundaries of assistive technology and showcasing the extraordinary abilities of people with disabilities. Get ready to rock CYBATHLON 2024 – we can’t wait to see what you’ll achieve next!

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Focus

Brain-Computer Interface: How Much Can You Control with Your Mind?

What will our brain-computer interface teams face in CYBATHLON 2024? Our new brain-computer interface (BCI) game will put teams to the test, with more complex and real-world scenarios. 
Brain-Computer Interface Race

Team Registration for CYBATHLON 2024

Do you conduct research and develop assistive technology such as exoskeletons, intelligent white canes for the blind, powered wheelchairs or prosthetic legs? Do you work with brain-computer interfaces or functional electrical muscle stimulation? Or do you wear a prosthesis yourself? Would you like to contribute to the inclusion of people with disabilities and work towards a world without barriers? Then become part of CYBATHLON now!
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Featured Content

Featured Team: BionIT Labs

The BionIT Labs team will participate in the CYBATHLON ARM Prosthesis Race for the CYBATHLON Challenges 2024. The Lab is working in the field of Human-Machine Integration. They do so by applying IT to Bionics with the aim of ‘Turning Disabilities into New Possibilities’. They strongly believe that it’s their responsibility to breathe life into innovative technologies that can concretely improve people’s quality of life, thus creating a more accessible and equitable world.

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e-OPRA Arm Prostehesis Race during the Challenges 2023 | © ETH Zurich / CYBATHLON

Featured Discipline: Arm Prosthesis Race

The Arm Prosthesis Race is a competition that highlights the advances in prosthetic technology. In this discipline, persons with upper limb amputations or congenital malformation compete in a series of dexterous challenges, using advanced prosthetic arms to perform tasks that mimic daily life activities.

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Professor Tommaso Lenzi adjusts the Utah Bionic Leg in his lab. The University of Utah. | © The University of Utah

Tommaso Lenzi: How CYBATHLON has created a positive impact for assistive device research

CYBATHLON is more than just a competitive event. It pushes research teams and pilots to develop assistive devices that are useful in everyday life situations. Tommaso Lenzi, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Utah and director of the HGN Lab for Bionic Engineering, tells us how CYBATHLON is helping shape assistive device research.

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Arm Prosthesis Race during the Challenges May 2022 | © CYBATHLON

CYBATHLON: Shaping the Future of Assistive Technology for a More Inclusive World

CYBATHLON Co-Heads Roland Sigrist and Annegret Kern share insights on the meticulous planning behind CYBATHLON, its transformative impact, and the collaborative spirit shaping a more inclusive future. 

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Overengineering in Human-Machine Interaction

Developing assistive technologies involves addressing numerous requirements, and motivating engineers to seek perfect solutions, but this drive can sometimes result in overengineering, leading to ineffective, unsatisfactory outcomes. In this lecture, Prof. Dr. Heike Vallery focuses on her groundbreaking work in human-machine interaction, and ineffective, unsatisfying, long-lasting development processes. She shares her expertise and insights into the delicate balance between engineering, effective human-machine interaction and the hands-on approach to what worked and what did not.

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Arm Prosthesis Race during the CYBATHLON Challenges on 2 February 2024 in Zurich, Switzerland | © CYBATHLON / Alessandro Della Bella
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27th February 2024

Recap of CYBATHLON Challenges 2024: A Celebration of Innovation and Accessibility

Capturing some of the event's remarkable achievements, unique features, and exciting developments.

Robility enhanced Wheelchair team for CYBATHLON Challenges 2024 | © CYBATHLON
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9th February 2024

How to win a CYBATHLON

Preparing for CYBATHLON 2024? Here are four steps you can take to increase your chances of success.

Professor Tommaso Lenzi adjusts the Utah Bionic Leg in his lab. The University of Utah. | © The University of Utah
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7th February 2024

Tommaso Lenzi: How CYBATHLON has created a positive impact for assistive device research

Tommaso Lenzi tells us how CYBATHLON is helping shape assistive device research.

About Us - Moving People and Technology

CYBATHLON provides a platform that challenges teams globally to develop assistive technologies suitable for everyday use, with and for people with disabilities. We promote design as a force to change – good and user-centred design is inclusive. We foster dialogue for greater inclusion that can break down barriers and make the difference between enabling and denying.

Initiated as a non-profit project of ETH Zurich, CYBATHLON is a platform for competitions and events that throw a spotlight on innovators of assistive technologies, partners and agencies that provide opportunities to place these new technologies in the hands of the people who need and use them.

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