If You Like the Olympics, You Will REALLY Like This
We just got really excited about the next Olympics. Not the summer session in Rio 2016, but the one right after that. We’re talking about the world’s very first Cybathlon, a bionic competition that will spotlight robot-assisted parathletes using technologies that make life better for people with disabilities. With so many advancements in this world, the Swiss National Competence Center of Research and ETH Zurich decided to host their own Olympics to show the once-impossible in a very real athletic arena. Check out the photos below to see “wearables” like we’ve never imagined them before.
This concept image shows an athlete in a powered exoskeleton race. The course will include pillars of different heights and weights that must be picked up and carried.
Athletes with powered arm prosthetics (hmm, maybe some 3D printed?) will race to finish two different hand-arm task courses.
Those paralyzed from the neck down can participate using a brain-computer interface that lets them race avatars in a simulation projected in front of the audience.
Prosthetic legs will power runners’ races on courses that include slopes, stairs, narrow beams, gravel and cobblestone.
Powered wheelchairs that look ready to go off-roading will race on a course with ramps, sand and a gravel pit.
Competitors who have spinal cord injuries can compete in races with electrical stimulation bikes.
Even in animated form, it’s exciting to see what’s possible with the development and intersection of traditional prosthetics and robotics technology. The “wearables” featured will truly share the spotlight on this international sports stage alongside the athletes — in each event, medals will be given to the parathletes and the team or scientist who created their device.
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!