Powered Arm Prosthesis Race
About the Discipline
For thousands of years, people have used increasingly sophisticated prostheses to replicate the function of missing limbs. In recent decades, the field of prosthetics has made great strides in developing solutions that are no longer purely mechanical. New arm prostheses are able to transfer the intended motion automatically from the user to the prosthesis or can even transmit a sense of touch when handling objects.
= 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
About the Competition
The CYBATHLON wants to encourage the teams to come up with innovative solutions to cope with everyday challenges for arm prosthesis users. Therefore, a variety of tasks such as cutting bread for breakfast, hanging up the washing or screwing in of a light bulb test abilities like fine motor skills, multiple types of grips and the coordination of both hands. Furthermore, strength is needed when driving a nail into the wood using a hammer or opening a can.
At the CYBATHLON 2020 the pilots have to solve six different tasks. The pilot that solves the most tasks in the least amount of time correctly wins the race. During the race, blue objects may only be manipulated with the prosthetic device. All other tasks allow the use of both arms. The pilot may skip certain tasks but cannot return to them later.
Inclusion criteria for pilots
In the Powered Arm Prosthesis Race pilots with amputations on one or both forearms or upper arms can participate. The prosthesis has to include the wrist and can be navigated with any kind of control.
New challenges for 2020
The competition disciplines have been further developed since 2016 and include therefore in the Powered Arm Prosthesis Race now a task where objects have to be "felt". This completely new task called the "Haptic Box" demands the identification of objects without any visual feedback. This means the pilots have to identify the objects of different shapes and materials only through contact with their prosthesis. This is intended to promote the development of prostheses with sensory feedback.