First Cyborg Olympics Will Celebrate How Technology Can Help Disabled People
The Cybathlon will pit cutting-edge technology against everyday tasks like hanging laundry.Forget Rio 2016. The hottest live sports ticket of the year for technology lovers will be the first cyborg Olympics in Zurich this October.
Bringing together as many as 80 research groups from 25 different countries, scientists and engineers at the Cybathlon will equip competitors—referred to as pilots—with the latest hardware designed to make the lives of disabled people easier.
As Nature explains in a long feature about the event, its organizer, biomedical engineer Robert Riener, initially planned to create a spectacle in which technologists could show off how advanced prosthetics could be used to tackle extreme challenges. But that was until he realized that simple everyday tasks can be charged with far more emotion for those who have to use prostheses.