CYBATHLON ETH Zürich of Zürich at REHACARE 2017 in Düsseldorf -- REHACARE Trade Fair


Tannenstr. 1-TAN E5.2, 8092 Zürich

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REHACARE 2017 hall map (Hall 4): stand H03

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REHACARE 2017 fairground map: Hall 4

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.01  Walking aids
  • 07.01.08  Exosceletons
  • 07  Mobility and walking aids
  • 07.02  Wheelchairs and vehicles
  • 07.02.04  Electric wheelchairs and power wheelchairs

Electric wheelchairs and power wheelchairs

Our products

Product category: Electric wheelchairs and power wheelchairs

Powered Wheelchair Race

In this race, pilots with motorised wheelchairs compete against each other on parallel tracks to overcome several obstacles that are typical in daily life. The main challenge lies in the pilots’ ability to tackle a wide variety of tasks.
For people who use a wheelchair on a regular basis, everyday situations can often be a struggle. Entering a building with thresholds or narrow doorways, uneven pavements, steep slopes or low tables can massively impact someone’s day-to-day routines. The CYBATHLON wants to encourage teams to come up with innovative solutions to cope with these challenges.

Pilots with different kinds of spinal cord injuries or any other severe trauma preventing them from walking can participate in the races. Motorised wheelchairs that are controlled by a joystick, tongue-drive, touchpad or any other technology are allowed in this race.

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Product category: Exosceletons

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.

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Product category: Exosceletons

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike Race

Pilots with complete paraplegia participate in this race. They pedal by artificially stimulating the motor nerves to initiate muscle contraction.
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a technique that allows paralysed muscles to move again. By placing electrodes on the skin or implanting them, currents are applied to the muscles, making them contract. Thus, a person whose nerves from the brain to the leg muscles are disconnected due to a spinal cord injury (SCI) can use an intelligent control device to initiate a movement, e.g. stepping on a bike pedal. New types of electrodes and an exact control mechanism make it possible to maximise the pedal force with each rotation while avoiding early muscle fatigue.

Only pilots with SCIs using non-motorised bikes are allowed to participate. To prepare for the race, the teams need to develop effective muscle stimulation patterns in order to activate the pilots’ muscles. Meanwhile, the pilots train by building stronger muscles and increasing their endurance.

In each FES bike race, two pilots start at the same time on a circular racetrack. The pilots control the power of the current themselves; thus, they can regulate their speed in relation to their endurance. The pilot who crosses the finish line first wins!
The challenge is to skillfully stimulate the muscles so that riders can achieve a high speed on the bike without becoming overly fatigued. It is very difficult to efficiently stimulate muscles from outside the body.

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About us

Company details

The first CYBATHLON was successfully launched in 2016 as an international event in which people with disabilities or physical weakness use advanced assistive devices, including robotic technologies, to compete against each other.
66 pilots, 56 teams, 25 nations, 400 team members participated in six different disciplines, such as the ‘Powered Leg Prosthesis Race’. The focus of the races is on solving everyday life tasks.

This CYBATHLON was organised by ETH Zurich and took place on the 8th October 2016 in the SWISS-Arena in Zurich-Kloten.
The success of the premiere was the final push to convince the organising committee and the heads of ETH Zurich that the CYBATHLON must continue, also under the umbrella of ETH Zurich.

Under the umbrella of the ETH Zurich, the CYBATHLON is run as a non-profit project, which aims to break down barriers between the public, people with disabilities and technology developers by organizing unique competitions.

The competitions are organized as a public event in which people with disabilities or physical weaknesses compete against each other in several disciplines, supported by the newest assistive devices including robotic technologies. The challenge is to solve everyday tasks such as climbing stairs, hanging up washing or setting the breakfast table.

The objectives of CYBATHLON are to promote the research, development and implementation of assistive technologies for people with disabilities. The exchange between technology developers and people with disabilities is in doing so particularly important.
CYBATHLON also pursues the goal of raising awareness and informing the public about the latest technologies and devices as well as their limitations and uses.

In addition, the CYBATHLON wants to promote the discourse on the inclusion and equality of people with disabilities in everyday life.

The CYBATHLON, a unique worldwide platform, aims to support people with disabilities in their independence through the joint development of assistive technologies and sustained public awareness of challenges in everyday activities.

These seven aspects reflect the vision of the CYBATHLON:

Support people with physical disabilities in their independence and sensitise the public to obstacles they encounter on a daily basis.

Advance the development of everyday assitive technological tools, together with people with disabilities

Reduce barriers between people with disabilities, the public and developers
Promote scientific exchange between international researchers from universities and industries
Discuss the benefits and limitations of assitive technology for people with disabilities
Involve people with disabilities in the planning and development of the CYBATHLON
Tell the stories of the people who make the CYBATHLON possible as participants, researchers, organisers or support

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