WHL / Powered Wheelchair Race
About the Team
"If I had to characterize our team with one word, it would be ‘friendly’. We are the good guys, communicate openly and tell everyone about our ideas. Together we have grown as a team, members who started as students are now valued and long-time employees of the institute," says Christian Bermes, leader of the team HSR enhanced. His group is a winning team – they won CYBATHLON 2016 and the WHL Series in Japan and are still considered to be contenders for the title in 2020.
The HSR enhanced team at the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil (HSR) follows a modular development approach: each module of the wheelchair is developed by students in a project during their Bachelor's or Master's degree in mechanical engineering. Engineers of the Institute for Lab Automation and Mechatronics refine the approaches and create the racing wheelchair. The result: a four-wheel electric wheelchair with four-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, lowerable endless rubber chains for obstacles such as stairs and a robotic arm for opening and closing doors. HSR enhanced is hard to beat but always friendly.
Pilot - Florian Hauser
"Going into the race calmly, concentrated and without too much pressure lets me be precise and precise is fast," explains one who knows what he is talking about: defending CYBATHLON and WHL Series champion Florian Hauser. "It’s always difficult to judge how strong the other teams are, especially those who participate for the first time. But I know that we have made technical progress,” says the man from the canton of Zurich. Anyway, the result is not all that counts: “I'm always happy to compete with the other pilots. Over the years a friendly competition has evolved and in the end, it always takes a bit of luck to win."
Since 2014 Florian is a tetraplegic. On a motorcycle tour with his friends, his bike slipped and he broke his neck. "I was lucky and my friends reacted very quickly, who knows what else would have happened, hadn’t they done so. Since then I have a complete paralysis sub C5 and I am in a wheelchair.” Today, being paralyzed from his neck down is normal for him. Of course, there are odd situations, he says, but he doesn’t let himself be bothered by them. “The CYBATHLON is one of the biggest events I can be a part of. I especially like the fact that the competition is not based on being pitied, but shows that disabled people can fight just as well and have fun! I don't want any false attention, I want to be appreciated, not because I am disabled but because I am Flo", the defending champion concludes.
= Highest score
= Best obstacle time
= Obstacle passed
= Did not finish
For further information check out the detailed CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition’s Races and Rules
Last weekend, our pilot @florian.hauser2 was invited for an episode of „Para-Graf“ at @srfsport
Check it out to get an insight into the world of the paralympics and the Cybathlon!
To quote Flo: „I‘m excited to find out soon, which kind of device will be chosen to be designed for the next Cybathlon“
And we can assure you,we are working on it! The upcoming Semester will be all about designing the Hybrid model! Stay tuned for further updates 💪
#cybathlon #cybathlon2020 #exoskeleton ...
Last week, our pilots took the whole team out for a „wheelchair experience“ in the old town of Rapperswil. They showed us, what their daily obstacles looked like and how they master them. The pedestrians from our team gave it a try and realised, that it‘s not as easy and smooth as it seems!
#cybathlon #cybathlon2020 #wheelchair #exoskeleton #mechanicalengineering #rehab #disabilityawareness #scienceetcite
Last week our Pilots Thomas and Rolf came by to take a walk in the Varileg enhanced. It was their first time in the exoskeleton after the #cybathlon 2020. We rely heavily on their feedback, when we are opting for technical improvements, hence they will be around for some more testing sessions during the next few weeks!
#exoskeleton #exoskeletons #sci #spinalchordinjury #robotics #mechanicalengineering
We are back at it again! After a long break and a lot of home office hours due to covid, we finally brought the Varileg enhanced back into action. Our international guests from Liberia had the chance to give it a try and do their first steps in an exoskeleton. The next challenge for our team includes the optimization of the power consumption of the Varileg enhanced. Stay tuned for some updates on the process in the upcoming weeks!
We are back at it again! After a long break and a lot of home office hours due to covid, we finally brought the Varileg enhanced back into action. Our international guests from Liberia had the chance to give it a try and do their first steps in an exoskeleton. The next challenge for our team includes the optimization of the power consumption of the Varileg enhanced. Stay tuned for some updates on the process in the upcoming weeks! #cybathlon #cybathlon2020 #exoskeleton #exoskeletons #exoskeleton ...
We are excited to announce an even closer collaboration of @varileg_enhanced and @hsrenhanced. We started the project "enhanced Hybrid" together to combine the advantages of wheelchairs and exoskeletons. In this early development phase, we still have to decide which features we will implement exactly. What are the most important features you would like to see in an exoskeleton/wheelchair hybrid?
#exoskeleton #electricwheelchair #hsrenhanced #varilegenhanced #robotics #innovation
We are a part of the Swiss Automation next Thursday 18.03.2021.
The premium Roundtable from ILT with the topic „Robotik die bewegt - Von der Pipettier-Spitze bis zum Spitzen-Wettkampf“ is taking place at 11.30 and 14.30.
Purchase your ticket at
OST - Ostschweizer Fachhochschule
#swissautomation #innovation #symposium #hsrenhanced #electricwheelchair