In 2016, Zurich, Switzerland will be holding the first ever Olympics for "Robot-Assisted Parathletes" — the Cybathlon. The event is for "athletes who use prosthetic and other aids," including bionic arms, exoskeletons, wheelchairs, e-stimmed muscles, and brain-computer interfaces.

The competition is broken down between the pilot, or the person driving a device, and the provider, or the team designing the device.

One of the interesting bits is that the competitors are being encouraged to develop "novel technology" that improves their chances of winning a competition — the better the tech, the better your chances. That may limit the competitors to those with the resources and/or contacts to get the best tech, but we'll see.

Here are the events they'll compete in:

  • Brain Computer Interface Race
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike Race
  • Leg Prosthetics Race
  • Powered Exoskeleton Race
  • Powered Wheelchair Race
  • Arm Prosthetics Race

(No wheelchair rugby?)

The preview is below, and also comes with plenty of bwaaaaa.