The Russian teams demonstrate technologies that will go to Cybathlon
On September 26 in the Hypercube in Moscow (Innovation Centre Skolkovo) held an open training session of the Russian team, which is going to Cybathlon — the first international competitions of persons with disabilities in history, using high-tech assistive devices.
The competition will be held on October 8, 2016 in Zurich (Switzerland). In contrast to the Paralympic Games, this is a competition not only for athletes, but also for the most advanced medical development: robotic wheelchairs, prosthetic bionic upper and lower limbs, exoskeletons, and the "brain-computer" interfaces.
Russia will be represented by six teams in five different disciplines. The team includes athletes using the developments of such companies as Motorika, Klaiber Bionix, ORTOKOSMOS, Neurobotics, and Katervil. The guests attending the open training session, were the first to become familiar with the latest domestic assistive technologies.
The Stradivary Team (Motorika) showed a domestically produced bioelectrical Stradivary hand prosthesis that can carry up to 6 different grips — finger movements — and worth many times cheaper than its foreign analogues.
The Kleiber Team (Klaiber Bionix) showed the Kleiber Solo multi bionic prosthetic arm, consisting of five robotic fingers that can move separately and control the degree of compression of each finger. The ORTOKOSMOS Team showed the METIZ HYPERKNEE prosthesis with an innovative hydraulic design of the knee joint.
In turn, the Neurobotics team has tested its own development of the "brain-computer" interface, which makes it possible to process electrical signals from the cerebral cortex and recognize up to eight individual commands in real time, which brings it to a competitive level with the world's analogues.
The Russian team will participate in Cybathlon as part of the NeuroNet "road map" as a Project office of the Russian Federation National Technology Initiative with the support of RVC, Skolkovo Foundation, the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and Industrial Union NeuroNet. The Russian teams will demonstrate at the competition the latest domestic developments that could enter the international market in the future.
"One of the most promising areas of work under the National Technology Initiative is the NeuroNet market of neuroscience technologies, as well as products and services based on them. For the first time ever, the developed technologies will be showed at the global level of Cybathlon, which will be held in competitive scenarios at once in 5 of 6 subjects, which in itself represents a major technological success of our country since only a few countries in the world are represented in this competition to such a large extant. We very much hope that the Russian teams will perform well, we cheer for the athletes and hope that technologies developed by NeuroNet will help them become winners," said the Deputy Director of the direction of "Young Professionals" at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Evgeny Kovnir.
"Over the past 25 years, neurophysiology has made a huge jump, including with respect to its medical use. When we talk about the development of knowledge in these areas, it is impossible to say that we have reached a particular limit. This is truly a road without a finish line! In my opinion, participation in international competitions is extremely valuable both in terms of benchmarking, and in terms of capabilities of team building. In our experience, the most successful venture projects are created by international teams, therefore, being general partners, we not only financially support the participation of the Russian companies in Cybathlon, but also help them to enter the international market and to find new partnership opportunities. I am sure that our athletes will do their best to win, although the fact of participation in a competition of such a high level is no less important. I hope our team wins, and the future technological trend-setters will be able to realize their boldest ideas", said the Deputy General Director - Executive Director, Member of the Board of RVC Alexander Potapov.
"We are all witnesses to a unique and unprecedented event. Before our eyes a true legend of the sport is born, the legend of interaction of athletes and engineers. All athletes and engineers of the Russian national Cybathlon team are the role models of the future. By their example, we can see how a man does not compete with the machines, but use them as efficiently as possible to achieve his goals. With the help of assistive technologies, we give a person a real chance to make up for lost opportunities. It is also important to underline that in order to ensure the participation of the Russian team in Cybathlon, all the federal development institutions ran as a well-oiled machine - a great example of how we can make breakthrough projects, if the goals have been set properly," said the head of the robot and technology Centre at Skolkovo Foundation Albert Efimov.
"I would like to remind you that the Russian science in the field of mechatronics and automation demonstrated its global leadership in the 1970s by the long work of rovers on the moon. The science and technology initiative, presented today as one of the priorities of Russia's development, in my opinion, gives a real chance to take first places in the area of technology development. I think it is quite possible that Russia will host the next Cybathlon in the near future! In the meantime, I wish our athletes good luck and I hope that we will take a worthy place in these prestigious competition", said Ph.D., Head of the Laboratory of neurophysiology and neuro interface at the biological faculty of Moscow State University named after M. V. Lomonosov Alexander Kaplan.
"The development of assistive technologies is the first step towards establishing the segment of neuro medical technology of the NeuroNet Road Map. In the next few years, we expect to see anthropomorphic assistive devices with neuro control to be produced in the domestic market", said the executive director of the NeuroNet Industry Union, the captain of the Russian team at Cybathlon Alexander Semenov.