Cybathlon: A global Olympic-style competition to advance assistive & robotic technologies

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 15 percent of the world's population is physically impaired to some degree. In order to overcome the hurdles of everyday life, many disabled people use assistive technologies. Unfortunately, technology has not kept pace – most wheelchairs cannot yet climb stairs, bulky powered exoskeletons lack acceptance, and prostheses are still limited in function.


Photo: Man with robotarm at work

Cybathlon 2016 will be an Olympic-style competition to advance assistive devices will be held Zurich, Switzerland, Oct. 8; © ETH Zurich/Alessandro Della Bella