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Brief Published: 28 Mar 2014

Bionic Olympics Coming

Robot arm

The first Olympics-style event for robot-assisted parathletes is set to take place in Switzerland in October 2016.

Hosted by Switzerland’s National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) – a group that aims to develop robotic technologies that improve humans’ quality of life – the Cybathlon competition is designed to show the potential of assistive devices to help those with disabilities. The winning athletes and the companies that created their wearable devices or software will be honoured with prizes.

Six events are planned, including a powered exoskeleton race and another that will allow paralysed competitors to guide avatars over a brain-computer interface. Participants in the former event will be required to ascend a slope and walk across a narrow beam, among other tasks.

We take a deeper look at pioneering developments in sports technology and accessories in Superhuman: Pushing the Limit of Human Advancement. For more on the latest advances in mind control, look out for our report on last week’s Anticipating 2025 event in London, coming soon.