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CYBATHLON Challenges 2023 Highlights
Our 15 teams brought incredible innovations in assistive technology to the CYBATHLON March Challenges. Whether they were new to CYBATHLON or have been competing for years, they showed us the best of inclusive design.
Missing the action? Here are some highlights to help you relive the event.
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!Registration Form
Featured Team: BFH-CybaTrike
The team from Bern University of Applied Sciences will participate in the Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike Race (FES) for the third time. The team’s goal is to develop a bike that makes it possible for paraplegics to go on bike tours. This low-cost bike is easy to use and has a stimulation system so that users can cycle for several hours.More info about the team
Featured Discipline: Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike Race
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a technology that uses electrical pulses to excite muscles that are paralysed due to a central nervous system injury. Regular FES cycling exercise after spinal cord injuries (SCI) has been proven to lead to positive physiological improvement, such as improvements in bone density, increase in muscle mass, as well as improved cardiovascular and respiratory fitness.More Information
Latest News: Visual Impairment, Assistance Technologies and CYBATHLON Vision Assistance Race
With our new discipline – Vision Assistance Race, CYBATHLON aims to push research in the field of visual aid because the technologies involved have the potential to improve the quality of life and autonomy of people with vision impairment.Read the full News
Latest News: Where are we with brain-computer interfaces?
Your brain is crackling with the activity generated by roughly 100 billion neurons and their connections. Scientists are harnessing that power, building brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) that act as a bridge between the brain and assistive devices. As the technology for brain-computer interfaces between people and assistive devices continue to advance, we talked to two BCI experts from Technische Universität Graz and the University of Vienna to understand what the current challenges and exciting new developments are in this field.Read on
New Video: Seeing Through Another's Eyes - The different types of sight impairment
Artificial intelligence, augmented reality and GPS are making everyday tasks easier for people with vision loss. But with 295 million people living with moderate to severe visual impairments worldwide, we want to accelerate development. Do you have a vision for the next generation of assistive technology?Vision Assistance Race
A spinal cord injury interrupts the communication between the brain and the region of the spinal cord that produces walking, leading to paralysis. In this Nature article, Jocelyne Bloch & Grégoire Courtine et al. suggest that a digital bridge between the brain and spinal cord would enable volitional control over the timing and amplitude of muscle activity, restoring more natural and adaptive control of standing and walking in people with paralysis due to spinal cord injury. CNN recently report ...
#SWISSNEX: 𝗘𝗣𝗙𝗟 & 𝗨𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽𝘂𝘀
Day 5, May 26 – Bringing the swissnex_network Annual Meeting #AM23 to a close, we visited the beautiful epflcampus for a day dedicated to innovation and attended multiple fascinating presentations on NTNInnovationBooster Sport & Physical Activity and #ThinkSport
I then had the opportunity to give a talk on the activities of the swissnex_network regarding sports and physical activities around t ...
The goal of vision assistance technology is to support people with vision impairment or complete loss of vision in their everyday life. In this video, Professor Alireza Darvishy of the ZHAW School of Engineering discusses what’s important in designing vision-assistive technology. On the Road to 2024, we’re encouraging teams to develop new technologies – from robotic guide dogs and smart canes to mobile apps – that can assist people in everyday tasks like picking clothing or navigating a ...