Samuel Stähli and Thierry Zimmerman, students of mechanical engineering, improved the chassis and the steering drive of the Cybathlon wheelchair in a student project. They aimed at a functional sample with a better stability and maneuverability. By adapting the suspensions, the students optimized the lateral stability of the chassis. They improved the maneuverability by replacing the former linear drive by a separate drive in each wheel. This resulted in a seven times faster steering speed. Thank you, Samuel and Thierry, for your precious contribution to the team HSR Enhanced!
HSR Enhanced will participate in the CYBATHLON EXPERIENCE 2018 that takes place from September 26th to 29th 2018 at the RehaCare fair in Düsseldorf (event to be confirmed). Several show races in the disciplines wheelchair and exoskeleton will take place. At the RehaCare fair, about 40'000 visitors, 750 exhibitors and 250 journalists are expected. HSR Enhanced plans to start in the wheelchair show races.
We are looking for sponsors for our participation in the Cybathlon Experience 2018 and for other activities in 2018. Are you interested in supporting HSR Enhanced? Here you find further information.
HSR Enhanced is the official Cybathlon team of the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil. The project is initiated by the Institute for Lab Automation and Mechatronics (ILT) of the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil. It aims at providing maximal agility and fun to our pilot Florian at the day of the race by means of an enhanced race chair. The technical team consists of project engineers of the ILT, as well as several Bachelor’s and Master’s students of mechanical engineering.
CYBATHLON 2016, Zürich: HSR Enhanced participated in the Powered Wheelchair race discipline at Cybathlon 2016. Within ten months, we developed an electrically powered race chair for our pilot Florian Hauser. Performing with this device, Florian overcame the six obstacles in the championship not only safely and accurately but also faster than all his competitors: HSR ENHANCED has reached the first place in the Powered Wheelchair Race of the Cybathlon 2016. Our pilot Florian delivered an outstanding performance both in the qualification heat and in the final: Although he was not leading on the first obstacles, he managed to overtake all his competitors.
CYBATHLON EXPERIENCE 2017, Düsseldorf: In October 2017, HSR Enhanced demonstrated their wheelchair in the Cybathlon Experience at the RehaCare fair 2017. As HSR Enhanced and its competitor Caterwil were on a very similar level, they delivered thrilling neck-to-neck races in every single run. The runs were on a consistent high level during the whole event and we are very proud of our pilot Flo who delivered once again outstanding performances every day.
CYBATHLON EXPERIENCE 2018, Düsseldorf (event to be confirmed): HSR Enhanced will participate in the Cybathlon Experience at the RehaCare fair in September 2018. We are currently improving the technique of the wheelchair for this event. Do you want to support the technical development and our participation at the Cybathlon Experience? Here you find more information.
CYBATHLON SERIES 2019: participation in an intended Cybathlon Series championship in overseas (event to be confirmed). The drivers behind the Cybathlon SERIES is to deepen the knowledge within specific disciplines and promote scientific exchange worldwide.
CYBATHLON 2020, Zurich: HSR Enhanced will participate in the Powered Wheelchair Race at Cybathlon 2020. We will do our best to defend our title from 2016!
The Cybathlon is a championship for pilots with disabilities who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies. It took place for the first time on October, 8th, 2016. The competitions are comprised of different disciplines that will test the ability of pilots to navigate a series of everyday tasks while using a powered knee prosthesis, wearable arm prosthesis, powered exoskeleton, powered wheelchair, electrically stimulated muscles and novel brain-computer interfaces. The assistive devices will include commercially available products provided by companies, but also prototypes developed by research labs. There will be two medals for each competition, one for the pilot and one for the technology provider. [Source: www.cybathlon.ethz.ch]. More information: www.cybathlon.ethz.ch
The HSR Enhanced team is formed by the ILT Institute for Lab Automation and Mechatronics.
Prof. Dr. Christian Bermes
Project Engineer & M.Sc. Student
Project Engineer & M.Sc. Student
Communication & Sponsoring
Are you interested in sponsoring HSR Enhanced in 2018? This year, HSR Enhanced focuses on the participation in the CYBATHLON EXPERIENCE that takes place at the RehaCare fair in Düsseldorf (September 26th to 29th 2018). HSR Enhanced will participate in several show races. At the RehaCare fair, about 40'000 visitors, 750 exhibitors and 250 journalists are expected.
You may support us as a Bronze, Silver or Gold Sponsor for our participation in the Cybathlon Experience and other team activities in 2018. You find further information here: Sponsorship Packages English, Sponsorenpackages German.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us (email@example.com). We are looking forward to teaming up with you for this project!