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World’s First “Cybathlon” Pits High-Tech Prosthetics Against Each Other

October 12, 2016

(Scientific American) – The event involved more than 60 teams formed by research institutions and companies competing in six assistive technology categories: brain-computer interface (a device that connects the brain to a computer), functional electrical stimulation bike (a bicycle powered by electrical stimulation of the muscles), arm prosthesis, leg prosthesis, exoskeleton (a powered robotic suit) and wheelchair. Disabled individuals, or “pilots,” from the different teams faced off on courses designed to test how the assistive devices perform on everyday tasks.

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