Story 2014-03-27 3H1 Bionic Olympics to be Hosted in 2016

Bionic Olympics to be Hosted in 2016

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story imageThe Swiss National Competence Center of Research will host the first Cybathlon in Switzerland in October 2016. This ' Olympics for bionic athletes ' will include races where competitors who are paralysed from the neck down control an avatar via a brain interface. There will also be races for those wearing arm or leg prosthetics, an exoskeleton race and a wheelchair race.

There will be two medals for each competition, one for the pilot and one for company that developed the device.
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hate to say it (Score: 1)

by on 2014-03-28 17:17 (#V9)

but I can see some "interesting" applications of this technology when the avatars can start to interact with one another...

"Techno-Doping" (Score: 1)

by on 2014-03-28 19:09 (#VC)

Ars Technica has a good article today with a lot more links. Robert Reiner, principal organizer of the Cybathlon and sensory motor systems professor told Ars, "We are allowing 'techno-doping' in order to deliver the best possible assistance for paralyzed humans, thus trying to improve their quality of life."