CYBATHLON Experience


Offering a platform for the interactive exchange between people with disabilities and the public.

Platform for interactive Exchange

The goal of the CYBATHLON Experiences is to bring assistive technologies closer to the public and enable visitors to gain deeper insights into the advantages and limitations of the technologies for people with disabilities. The format aims to promote interaction with the public at fairs, conferences or festivals.

Various presentation options

A CYBATHLON Experience can include demo races with a limited number of pilots, hands-on demos, and pilots presenting their developments and experiences at booths and panel discussions. Furthermore, novel disciplines can be introduced such as freestyle art shows (e.g. dance, playing a musical instrument, drawing or painting with robotic support) or races in different conditions (e.g. outdoor or off-road).

Hands-on Demos

Hands-on demos were developed in order to convey the idea behind the CYBATHLON to the public. Guests have the opportunity to get to know modern assistive technology up close and to develop a feeling for the limits and possibilities of such systems.

The different demonstrations are based on the disciplines of the CYBATHLON and will be supported by our partner PluSport, the umbrella organisation for disability sports in Switzerland, and the CYBATHLON organisers.

Brain-Computer Interface Race Demo | © CYBATHLON

Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Race

Up to four persons can compete simultaneously, each wearing a headset to measure their brain activity. To win the BCI race, the player has to be able to control concentration and relaxation within the brain.
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Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike Race

Electrodes are attached to the visitor’s arm. These electrodes will send an impulse that makes the muscle contract and triggers an arm movement.
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Arm Prosthesis Race Demo | © CYBATHLON

Arm Prosthesis Race

To create an authentic experience, visitors are asked to hands or use a robotic arm prosthesis. The challenge will be to grab different objects of a puzzle or to complete the wire loop game.
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Visitor tries out leg prosthesis.

Leg Prosthesis Race

With the so-called bent-knee prosthesis that is fixed at the thigh, visitors without amputations can try to walk with a leg prosthesis and learn what challenges people with leg prostheses face.
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CYBATHLON Wheelchair Race Team Scewo at RehaCare 2023 | © CYBATHLON

Wheelchair Race

In this demonstration, visitors can test how difficult it is to navigate even small steps or easy ramps.
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Visitors try to control an exoskeleton with electrodes on their arms.

Exoskeleton Race

By sensing the muscular activity with electrodes placed on the skin, e.g. at the biceps, skilled visitors can control the movement of a small exoskeleton. This demonstrates a potential interface that can be used to control assistive devices.
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vision Assistance Race Demo | © CYBATHLON

Vision Assistance Race

This demonstration allows participants to experience the challenges faced by individuals with vision impairments in their daily lives. Visitors wear blindfolds and use a white cane to navigate obstacles.
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Visitor tries out leg prosthesis.

The following partners support the CYBATHLON Hands-​on demos

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