The first ever Bionic Olympics, dubbed “The Cybathlon,” not only marks a historic event for showcasing technological innovation and achievement, it also portends the future of mainstream sports competition.
To be held in Zurich, Switzerland, the Cybathlon will include a variety of competitions organized according to six specific bionic, prosthetic, and brain-computer interface modifications. According to the games’ official website, events will reflect the use of “modern powered knee prostheses, wearable arm prostheses, powered exoskeletons, powered wheelchairs, electrically stimulated muscles and novel brain-computer interfaces.”
Although hosted by the Swiss National Competence Center of Research, many of the bionic enhancements featured during the games will include technologies developed by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), and by robotics companies around the world.
The following video features an official preview of the Cybathlon: