Cybathlon 2016 - The world's first-ever Bionic Olympics organized by ETH Zurich
Technologists and developers from 25 countries partnered with 'pilots'(the disable athletes) to show off the connection between the cutting-edge assistive technology and disable. Over 70 inventions were found in brain-controlled computer interfaces, powered exoskeletons, bionic arms, robotic legs, and supercharged wheelchairs, are built from the technology of electronics, robot-technology, sensor and etc. that aims to assist disable to overcome day-to-day practical challenges.
We, B-Free In City, partner with City University of Hong Kong (on the tablet control project) participated in the Power Wheelchair Race. The race restricted not to use external device to operate the unit implies that pilot has to control the unit on him own without any support from the team during race, so the victory is highly depending on functionality, practical and agility.
Powered Wheelchair Race contains 6 tasks which are the struggles often faced by wheelchair users:-
(1) Drive close to a table in such a way that the thighs of the pilot fit below the table top;
(2) Perform a slalom, course around poles;
(3) Drive on a slope of 20 degree, open the door, pass through and close it;
(4) Drive over uneven terrain such as cobblestones;
(5) Dive over tilted path;
(6) Travel up and down 3 stairs.
Our pilot, Mr. Zenegger, completed all tasks in 5 minutes 58 second and showcased a relatively safe and reliable ways to travel up-and-down the stairs such that the fifth place was secured with faith.
Speed is always a victory determinable element in race. Unlike those competition-oriented unit, B-Free Ranger as a commercialized product has to safeguard a high level of safety, reliability, agility and functionality. What we have to comply is to bring convenience to daily life of disables and the capability of stair climbing safely, again this competition has proved the safety and easy operation of B-Free Ranger.
After the competition, we had exchange with other teams. The worthy opponent Team Scewo(SUI) from ETH Zurich and local people had a ride on B-Free Ranger on local stairs. Both of them had never tried B-Free Ranger were impressed by its well-functioning stairs climbing capability.
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