The Cybathlon pushes the limits of bionic technology


Claudia Briedbach wants to prove
she’s the best at using one of the world’s most
sophisticated bionic arms. Over the next two days, she’ll
compete in the powered arm prosthetics series race. It’s an early rehearsal for a global competition called the Cybathlon. With these ordinary tasks, the Cybathlon is the place to see just
how far this technology has come in the
past decade. Even while the competition pushes
more life changing innovation. Claudia came in fourth in the first
global Cybathlon back in 2016. Claudia has been training ever since and this is an early test for her in
the lead up to the global competition in 2020. I’m Kayle Hope. This is Quartz. Please subscribe to our channel. Over the next two days, Claudia will compete in three
qualifying races and two finals. Each race covers the same obstacle
course with tasks like breakfast and
laundry. in the big 2020 competition. This is the haptic box challenge. It’s a brand new task and Claudia has
to match objects by feeling them. She gets to try it out before the
race begins. In this first race, Claudia is up
against Roza Bellin from the Italian team softhand pro and she doesn’t do well. These races focus on tasks that are
easy for the human hand, but are
incredibly difficult even with the most advanced robotic
arm. And that’s the point. Reiner came up with the idea for the competition and he says early races
like this one give teams a preview of the tasks so that engineers can design process
prosthetics that can handle them for 2020 and then that tech makes it to the
public. In the past decade there’s been a
revolution in technology designed to help people
like Claudia. From powered limbs to wheelchairs that can climb stairs to exoskeletons and the Cybathlon includes races for
all this tech. And it’s done a lot to push it
forward. And those improvements are a big
deal. Right now up to 60% of people with
upper limb amputation that are fitted for
prosthetic devices fail to use them regularly. This is the final race in the powered
arm prostheses series competition and Claudia has
reworked her strategy. Whoever has the most points at the
end will win.

7 Comments

  1. megahamza8 said:

    this is pretty cool incase i lose an arm

    November 22, 2019
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  2. mac berry said:

    Where's Dean Kamen

    November 22, 2019
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  3. BeedleNeedle said:

    This is a perfect example of how positive attention, in the form of a race, can change the market for the better

    November 22, 2019
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  4. Crackhead James said:

    I'm Crackhead Jaaaaaaames!!!!!

    November 22, 2019
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  5. The Parttime Visionary said:

    I have all of my arms and legs. This made me tear up.

    November 22, 2019
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  6. Michael Crockis said:

    I thought for the unknown reason modern high-end prosthetics are a bit better than that. Well, there is some space to grow.

    November 22, 2019
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  7. PsychoAlexander said:

    Wish them all the best. One day the technology will be so good that people with "normal" arms and legs would willingly change them out for prosthetic limbs, torso, eyes or even internal organs. I don't expect to see it in this life time but it's gonna happen.

    November 22, 2019
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