EXO / Exoskeleton Race

VariLeg enhanced


About the Team

VariLeg enhanced is more than a walking device for paraplegics. "Our goal is to realise an innovative and functional racing exoskeleton", says professor Christian Bermes, the formal project manager.

The now led by Silvia Rohner has been launched by ETH Zurich and OST (former HSR) after CYBATHLON 2016. 15 students from different fields are devoting two semesters to further develop the individual exoskeletons for and in close cooperation with the pilots.

About the Pilot

"We are like one big family, I think that's what makes us special", says Thomas Krieg. But the foreman also has a very competitive and performance-oriented side, which probably comes from his professional career as a bobsleigh racer. "In 2015 I got overturned in a training on the bob run. Since then I’m a paraplegic from the 12th thoracic vertebra downwards." In his everyday life he uses a wheelchair, but he trains once or twice a week with the exoskeleton on a replicated CYBATHLON course. When Thomas speaks about CYBATHLON one can sense the former professional athlete: "We have a fast and stable machine that offers many technical possibilities."


  • November 13th 2020, 12:00 am

    VariLeg enhanced 1 - Team Portrait


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