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First cybernetic Olympics to be held in Switzerland

•, Travis Andrews
One place that tech drastically affects sports is in the Paralympic Games. In 2012, there was controversy surrounding sprinter Oscar Pistorius’ carbon-fiber prosthetic legs. Many questioned if they gave him an advantage over the other sprinters and their human legs. It’s an unsurprising controversy: as equipment continues advancing, there will be more concerns over the advantages it offers.It should come as no surprise that there’s going to be an Olympic Games of sorts for robot-assisted paratheletes. Called Cybathlon, and hosted by the Swiss National Competence Center of Research, it’ll be held in October 2016 in Switzerland. So what does it involve? Below are the six different competitions.
Probably the most obvious of the bunch, folks will race in power wheelchairs through an obstacle course of sorts filled with cones and other roadblocks that will require the pilots to drive both backwards and forwards.

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