Powered Exoskeleton Race
About the Discipline
The use of exoskeletons is still rare, they are currently mainly used for physiotherapy in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Exoskeletons dramatically increase the mobility of people with paraplegia, which consequently improves their overall physical and psychological health and therefore might represent a welcome addition to a wheelchair.
= 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 tasks in the Powered Exoskeleton Race reflect everyday activities such as getting up from a sofa and overcoming obstacles such as stairs, ramps or slopes. Navigation in confined spaces such as doorways or between furniture are further challenges. At the CYBATHLON 2020 Global Edition 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. The pilot may skip certain tasks but cannot return to them later.
Inclusion criteria for pilots
Pilots with complete paralysis of the legs resulting from spinal cord injuries are eligible to participate.
New challenges for 2020
The competition disciplines have been further developed since 2016. In the Powered Exoskeleton Race the pilots have to do activities with their hands. The stacking of cups while standing at a table requires the pilots to have their hands free and maintain balance without holding the crutches. The Rough Terrain also offers a new challenge in so far as the pilots can’t place their feet flat on the ground in one part of the obstacle.