Japanese ministry supports Cybathlon (in the elevator?!)

The clock is ticking, it’s the final countdown!
Cybathlon will take place on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. local time (5 p.m. Japan time).

r0011261The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is also supporting the Swiss event with a special poster in the elevators of their main building.

The poster announces that Wakayama University’sProfessor Shuro Nakajima will participate in the powered wheelchair race at Cybathlon, the first ever
competition organized with the aim of promoting the use of robotic assistive aids for the disabled.

It also goes on to say that the event was organized by the “internationally acclaimed ETH Zurich“.

For those of you who might have missed our previous posts, a total of three teams from Japan are registered to participate in four disciplines; in addition to Wakayama University’s Prof. Nakajima, Meltin MMI will compete in the Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike Race and Powered Arm Prosthesis Race while Xiborg in the Powered Leg Prosthesis Race.

The full footage from all competitions can be downloaded here shortly after the live transmission (available starting 11:00 a.m., October 8, 2016, Swiss time, 18:00 p.m. Japan time).

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