Three research groups and two start-ups have been invited to demonstrate how robotics helps people in their everyday lives for the 150th anniversary of ETH Alumni. Exoskeletons and motorized wheelchairs mastered obstacles of the cybathlon course in the main hall of ETH Zurich reflecting the challenges of the real world. It was an honour for us to be part of this event and big thanks to the demo teams from MyoSwiss, Scewo and VariLeg enhanced.
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].
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.
Prof. Dr. Christian Bermes
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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Pole & Dance
Reisebüro Tramax AG
TBM Automation AG
Melanie und Daniel Hauser
Agnes und Klaus D. Bermes
Neratec Solutions AG
1zu1 Prototypen GmbH & Co KG
Schneider Reisen AG
Ambassador Club Rapperswil
Kunstrasenprofi Schweiz AG
The road to success
HSR enhanced wins Powered Wheelchair Race at CYBATHLON 2016
Video by Scitec Media
Video by Scitec Media
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!
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!