Superhumans In World’s First Cyborg Games
Robert Riener is Full Professor for Sensory-Motor Systems at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich. He has been busy planning his competition which one would consider a next to an impossible event. This event will involve the combination of human and machine. Next month in Zurich Superhumans will be participating in the world’s Cybathlon, aka the “Cyborg Olympics.”
It will be a competition unlike Paralympics where the focus is on individuals with disabilities. The competition known as Cybathlon will have the world’s most advanced bionic assistive technologies against each other in an obstacle course of everyday tasks.
The participant will be equipped with exoskeletons, state-of-the-art prosthetics, and all-terrain wheelchairs. These equipments will help them become superhuman.
Superhumans is just the first of a series of documentaries from Engadget R+D. The new video project examines the human impact of game-changing technologies past, present and future.
Engadget speaking about Superhumans on its blog : Inside the World’s First Cyborg Games is a five-part miniseries exploring the world of medical technology and the people making and using the devices that could change the way we look at disability. Our reporters and producers have spent the past two months traveling the globe to document the work of four teams as they gear up for the inaugural Cybathlon. We’ll chronicle their journeys and the lives of their “pilots” as they make their way to Zurich for a one-of-its-kind display of the current state of human-machine innovation.
Superhumans debuts on next Tuesday, September 13th, on Engadget.