Cybathlon Pep Rally in Tokyo!

Meet and support the Japanese teams!

Where:FabCafe Tokyo, Dogenzaka Pia 1F, Dogenzaka 1–22–7 Shibuya Tokyo,
Date/Time: June 28, 2016, 19:30-21:30

Cybathlon is an international competition for individuals with physical disabilities assisted by latest technologies including robotics and biomechatronics.

On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the first ever competitions will be initiated and organized by ETH Zurich. Three Japanese teams will be competing in four of six disciplines—Powered Arm Prosthesis, Powered Leg Prostheses, Powered Wheelchair and FES Bike races.

Join us to meet all three Japanese contestants and to get a taste of innovative Switzerland!

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Program  door opens 19:15, event starts 19:30

19:30 Matthias Frey
Head, S&T Office Tokyo, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan
Welcome and introduction to Swiss research and innovation landscape
19:40 Akihito Niikura
Group Leader,
Eastern Japan Solution Marketing Group
Robotics Business Promotion Unit,
Human Care Division,
Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.
Promoting robotic technologies in society – achievements and realities
19:50 Daiki Kanaoka
FabCafe LLP, FabEngineer
Introduction to FabCafe Tokyo
19:55 Robert Riener
Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)
The meaning of Cybathlon*
20:05 Q&A Session

Presentation of the 3 Japanese Participants

20:15 Mark Kasuya
COO, Meltin MMI
Kazuya Maeda
Pilot (competing athlete)
Meltin MMI
20:25 Shuro Nakajima
Professor, Department of Systems Engineering, Wakayama University
Wakayama University Cybathlon Project
20:35 Ken Endo
CEO Xiborg
Researcher, Sony Computer Science Laboratory
XiBorg

Interactive Part

20:45 Q&A Session
21:00 Networking with Swiss Wine and Cheese

*By Skype


Introduction of the 3 Japanese Teams

Meltin MMI
• Disciplines: Powered Arm Prothesis Race, Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike Race
Meltin MMI has developed an electrical hand prosthesis that moves intuitively by catching the electrical signals sent from the brain to the muscle when a person intends to move his or her body. For the demo, the athlete (pilot) who will actually take part in the competition in Switzerland, will rush down all the way from Hokkaido. Meltin MMI has also signed up to be a contestant in the FES** Bike Race as a second discipline. The company is a venture originating in the Electro-Communication University.
Why take part in Cybathlon?
We want not only to improve the lives of disabled people but also to call attention to the possibilities which cutting-edge technology opens up.
**Functional Electrical Stimulation supports the recovery of the ability to move of people who have damaged their central nerves due to a stroke or a cord injury, by electrically stimulating the peripheral motor nerves and muscles

Wakayama University Cybathlon Project RT-Movers
• Discipline: Powered Wheelchair Race
The main characteristic of RT-Mover PType Wa is its 4 wheels which can correspond with the road surface individually. Steps and slopes which are normally a major difficulty for wheel chairs to get past can be overcome, expanding the users’ sphere of action dramatically. The small elite team consists of the professor and a few undergraduate students.
• Why take part in Cybathlon?
By taking part and being assessed in an international competition where an actual user will ride the wheelchair and raise our awareness of the application phase, we aim to reach an even higher quality for our research an development. As a university-wide project, we hope to build a global network on this occasion.

XiBorg
• Discipline: Powered Leg Prothesis Race
The robot leg prosthesis Xiknee can reproduce the angle of the human’s ankle when the feet moves forward or is kicking out to recreate the smooth movement of a person walking. Not only the technology but the masterminds behind it are not to be missed.
• Why take part in Cybathlon?
Cybathlon is the world’s first competition for cyborg technologies that will become the gateway to successful creation of products that could be used in real life. We are developing our prosthesis leg with the intention of actually selling it as a commercial product and the event fit our milestone in this process.


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