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    On 27 August at Zurich Main Station, HSR enhanced and VariLeg enhanced will be performing in the CYBATHLON Powered Wheelchair Race and Powered Exoskeleton Race. Do not miss exciting competitions during the sessions from 12:00-14:00 and from 17:00-19:00. And of course, make sure you visit our crews in the meantime to meet our pilots Florian Hauser (WHEEL) and Thomas Krieg (EXO). While there, you can also get an exclusive tour behind the scenes with our engineering teams. Get a view under the hood of powered wheelchair ZEDe and powered exoskeleton VariLeg enhanced!

    Program on Tue 27 August 2019 at Zurich Main Station
              12:00-14:00     CYBATHLON demo race (round 1)
              14:00-17:00     Behind the Scenes and Get-together
              17:00-19:00     CYBATHLON demo race (round 2)

    We are excited and absolutely looking forward to see you there – make more out of your commute!



    Thank you CADFEM!

    We are proud to present CADFEM AG as a Bronze Sponsor 2019 of HSR enhanced. Thank you very much for your contribution to our project!

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  • Successful CYBATHLON Experience @WRS in Tokyo

    Team HSR enhanced has participated in the CYBATHLON Experience at the World Robot Summit exhibition in Tokyo. Each day from 17-21 Oct 2018 we gave two live demos climbing the new six-step stairs, and one technical introduction into the functions of our race wheelchair ‘ZED evolution’ in development for CYBATHLON 2020. Present on site were pilot Florian Hauser, engineers Raphael Schröder and Sergio Miracco, and team leader Prof. Dr. Christian Bermes. The crew was completed by Claudia Troger from HSR communications, who has tirelessly documented every move and has fed HSR’s social media channels with exciting daily updates.

    Further highlights of our mission were the workshop ‘Dialog towards an inclusive society’ including a joint presentation by Florian Hauser and Christian Bermes, a team reception hosted by Swiss Ambassador H.E. Mr. Jean-François Paroz in the Swiss Embassy Tokyo, as well as his visit on-site to watch the live demo of CYBATHLON Team HSR enhanced at WRS. Finally, the official announcement of the CYBATHLON Series Wheelchair Race 2019 in Kawasaki, and the technology workshop ’Towards the CYBATHLON Wheelchair Series Japan 2019’ with a presentation by Christian Bermes and lots of exchange between the teams for 2019 rounded off an unforgettable visit.

    A big thank you to our host crew from Science and Technology Office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo: Kyoko Marumo and her team have made everything possible 24/7 for us and we cannot thank you enough! We would also like to give a special thanks to our sponsors who make all this possible with generous hardware and budget support! And last but not least thank you to the CYBATHLON organizers (especially Anni Kern and Dr. Lukas Jäger) and the University of Applied Sciences in Rapperswil (HSR)!

    See you in Japan for CYBATHLON Powered Wheelchair Series 5-6 May 2019 in Kawasaki!

    Successful CYBATHLON Experience @Rollivision in Nottwil

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    On  June 23rd, HSR enhanced participated in the CYBATHLON Experience 2018 as part of the Rollivision fair at Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil. In four demo runs, our pilot Florian Hauser had the chance to test two brand new obstacles from the CYBATHLON 2020 race rules: ‘Cobblestones’ and ‘Ramp&Door’.

    According to the new race rules for ‘Ramp&Door’, the pilot may not touch the door anymore. Instead, pressing of the doorbell button and opening the door must be performed by a robotic manipulator integrated in the wheelchair. The pilot may, however, command this manipulator. The solution from Philipp Weber’s recent B.Sc. thesis, incorporating the robotic arm ‘JACO’ from our sponsor Kinova Robotics, proved to be very successful to fulfil the new requirements, such that pilot Florian could solve all the tasks at the obstacle.

    For Florian, it was only his second training with his new race wheelchair 'ZED evolution' We are very proud that he solved all the obstacles presented to him flawlessly, and that he continuously improved the performance in every single run!

    The event was also an important networking platform. Mutual feedbacks between the participating teams and the organizers, and a close contact to sponsors made the CYBATHLON Experience 2018 in Nottwil a significant event for all CYBATHLON stakeholders. We say thank you to the organizers, the teams and the guests that showed great interest at our exhibition booth. Also, a big thank you goes to our sponsors for helping us moving forward!

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    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). 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 numerous Bachelor’s and Master’s students in mechanical engineering.

    Upcoming Events

    CYBATHLON Experience 2019, Zürich Main Station: See exciting demo races of the Swiss CYBATHLON participants on the pole vault facility of IAAF Diamond League Meeting Weltklasse Zürich. On 27 August, Powered Arm and Leg Prostheses, Powered Exoskeletons and Powered Wheelchairs will be there!

    CYBATHLON Experience 2019, Lucerne: Meet the team at Swiss Handicap 2019 on 29-30 November in Lucerne, Switzerland!

    CYBATHLON 2020, Zurich: HSR enhanced will participate in the Powered Wheelchair Race at CYBATHLON 2020 on 2-3 May, and we are hungry for success again!

    Past Events

    CYBATHLON Series 2019, Kawasaki: Participation in the CYBATHLON Series championship on 5 May 2019 in Kawasaki, Japan. Followed by a scientific Symposium on 6 May. The drivers behind the CYBATHLON Series is to deepen the knowledge within specific disciplines and promote scientific exchange worldwide.

    CYBATHLON Experience 2018, Tokyo: HSR enhanced participates in the CYBATHLON Experience at the World Robot Summit in Tokyo from 17-21 October 2018. We are currently updating the stair climbing module of the wheelchair for this event. Do you want to support the technical development and our participation at the CYBATHLON Experience in Tokyo? Here you find more information.

    CYBATHLON Experience 2018, Nottwil: HSR enhanced participated in the CYBATHLON Experience at the Rollivision fair on 23 June 2018. For our pilot Florian, it was only his second training with his new race wheelchair 'ZED evolution'. We are very proud that he solved all the obstacles presented to him flawlessly, and that he continuously improved the performance in every single run.

    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 2016, Zürich: HSR enhanced participated in the Powered Wheelchair race discipline at CYBATHLON 2016 on 8 October 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 pass all his competitors at he final obstacle.

    About the CYBATHLON

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    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 8 October 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].


    The core of team HSR enhanced is formed by our pilot and the ILT Institute for Lab Automation and Mechatronics.

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    Prof. Dr. Christian Bermes
    Project Responsible

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    Silvia Rohner
    Project Manager

    sergio miracco

    Sergio Miracco
    Project Engineer

    raphael schroeder

    Raphael Schröder
    Project Engineer

    florian braun

    Florian Braun
    Project Engineer

    Benjamin Eggimann Q

    Benjamin Eggimann
    Project Engineer

    Louis Q

    Louis Sonder
    B.Sc. Student

    Franziska Q

    Franziska Bürgler
    B.Sc. Student

    Luciano Q

    Luciano Bettinaglio
    B.Sc. Student

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    Enhanced Sponsor 2019

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    Every year, team HSR enhanced has an exciting race schedule with lots of opportunities to show our performance. This is only possible in proud collaboration with our sponsoring partners. They support us with their great products as well as financial aid to support our engineering salaries for development and training. Additionally, we use the financial sponsorings to cover the travel and logistics expenses we have for international performances like Düsseldorf 2017, Tokyo 2018 and Kawasaki 2019. 

    If you want to be part of HSR enhanced and become a sponsoring partner, make sure you have a look at out Sponsoring Packages 2019.

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    Please do not hesitate to contact us (christian.bermes@hsr.ch). We are looking forward to teaming up with you for this project!



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    Prof. Dr. Christian Bermes
    HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil
    ILT Institute for Lab Automation and Mechatronics
    Oberseestrasse 10
    CH-8640 Rapperswil

    +41 (0)55 222 47 12