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    HSR Enhanced at World Robot Summit 2018 in Tokyo

    From 17th-21st October 2018, during CYBATHLON Experience at the World Robot Summit, HSR Enhanced will roll out the new stair climbing module for CYBATHLON 2020. It has been developed in a recent thesis work by our B.Sc. student Kevin Bürgi, and refined by the team’s engineers from ILT. At WRS, we will be part of the CYBATHLON exhibition booth and perform two live demos per day climbing the six steps of the CYBATHLON 2020 obstacle ‘Stairs’ up and down. We are seizing this opportunity to be present at a leading robotics trade fair in Japan, and to participate in two workshops on inclusion and assistance technology.

    Moreover, this is a great opportunity to present our sponsors on an international stage in Japan, the homeland of robotics. Hence, I am actively asking for your involvement to make this initially unbudgeted mission of HSR Enhanced happen! FAULHABER has already upgraded to GOLD Sponsoring, and ANTRIMON Group has upgraded to SILVER Sponsoring.

    Will you also come with us? Please contact me directly: cbermes@hsr.ch | 055 222 4712 

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    #DIFE18 - Live Demo

    HSR Enhanced will be present with a live demo of our wheelchair ‘ZED Evolution’. Participants include Team SCEWO, Swiss politician Pascale Bruderer, Swisscom CEO Urs Schaeppi and many leaders from science, economy and society. WHEN? Sept. 13th 2018, 14:00-17:00 WHERE? Schiffbau Zurich.

    Quote from the organizer’s home page: ‘Session on Innovation for more self-determination and inclusion: How can we succeed in using technology for people who are physically or mentally impaired? How can digitization assist them to gain more autonomy in their daily lives? Is inclusion through technology a contradiction or a real chance? This session provides interesting insights into the obstacles handicapped people face in their everyday lives and shows how innovative and technological solutions can reduce the negative effect of these obstacles. In short presentations and impressive demos, you will learn more about the diverse possibilities to help achieve more autonomy and inclusion. Experts will discuss the economic and societal value of what can be done and use the opportunity to show potentials and areas of action.’ Read more about the program.

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    Successful Cybathlon Experience 2018

    On  June 23rd, HSR Enhanced participated in the CYBATHLON Experience 2018 as part of the Rollivision fair at Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil. In four demo runs, our pilot Florian Hauser had the chance to test two brand new obstacles from the CYBATHLON 2020 race rules: ‘Cobblestones’ and ‘Ramp&Door’.

    According to the new race rules for ‘Ramp&Door’, the pilot may not touch the door anymore. Instead, pressing of the doorbell button and opening the door must be performed by a robotic manipulator integrated in the wheelchair. The pilot may, however, command this manipulator. The solution from Philipp Weber’s recent B.Sc. thesis, incorporating the robotic arm ‘JACO’ from our sponsor Kinova Robotics, proved to be very successful to fulfil the new requirements, such that pilot Florian could solve all the tasks at the obstacle.

    For Florian, it was only his second training with his new race wheelchair “ZED Evolution”. We are very proud that he solved all the obstacles presented to him flawlessly, and that he continuously improved the performance in every single run!

    The event was also an important networking platform. Mutual feedbacks between the participating teams and the organizers, and a close contact to sponsors made the CYBATHLON Experience 2018 in Nottwil a significant event for all CYBATHLON stakeholders. We say thank you to the organizers, the teams and the guests that showed great interest at our exhibition booth. Also, a big thank you goes to our sponsors for helping us moving forward!

    HSR Enhanced

    HSR Enhanced is the official Cybathlon team of the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil. The project is initiated by the Institute for Lab Automation and Mechatronics (ILT) of the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil. It aims at providing maximal agility and fun to our pilot Florian at the day of the race by means of an enhanced race chair. The technical team consists of project engineers of the ILT, as well as several Bachelor’s and Master’s students of mechanical engineering.


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    CYBATHLON 2016, Zürich: HSR Enhanced participated in the Powered Wheelchair race discipline at Cybathlon 2016. Within ten months, we developed an electrically powered race chair for our pilot Florian Hauser. Performing with this device, Florian overcame the six obstacles in the championship not only safely and accurately but also faster than all his competitors: HSR ENHANCED has reached the first place in the Powered Wheelchair Race of the Cybathlon 2016. Our pilot Florian delivered an outstanding performance both in the qualification heat and in the final: Although he was not leading on the first obstacles, he managed to overtake all his competitors.

    CYBATHLON EXPERIENCE 2017, Düsseldorf:  In October 2017, HSR Enhanced demonstrated their wheelchair in the Cybathlon Experience at the RehaCare fair 2017. As HSR Enhanced and its competitor Caterwil were on a very similar level, they delivered thrilling neck-to-neck races in every single run. The runs were on a consistent high level during the whole event and we are very proud of our pilot Flo who delivered once again outstanding performances every day.

    CYBATHLON EXPERIENCE 2018, Nottwil: HSR Enhanced participated in the Cybathlon Experience at the Rollivision fair on June 23rd 2018. For our pilot Florian, it was only his second training with his new race wheelchair “ZED Evolution”. We are very proud that he solved all the obstacles presented to him flawlessly, and that he continuously improved the performance in every single run! . 

    CYBATHLON EXPERIENCE 2018: HSR ENHANCED participates in the Cybathlon Experience at the World Robot Summit in Tokyo from October 17th to 21st. We are currently improving the technique of the wheelchair for this event. Do you want to support the technical development and our participation at the Cybathlon Experience in Tokyo? Here you find more information.

    CYBATHLON SERIES 2019: participation in an intended Cybathlon Series championship in overseas (event to be confirmed). The drivers behind the Cybathlon SERIES is to deepen the knowledge within specific disciplines and promote scientific exchange worldwide.

    CYBATHLON 2020, Zurich: HSR Enhanced will participate in the Powered Wheelchair Race at Cybathlon 2020. We will do our best to defend our title from 2016!

    About the Cybathlon

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    The Cybathlon is a championship for pilots with disabilities who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies. It took place for the first time on October, 8th, 2016. The competitions are comprised of different disciplines that will test the ability of pilots to navigate a series of everyday tasks while using a powered knee prosthesis, wearable arm prosthesis, powered exoskeleton, powered wheelchair, electrically stimulated muscles and novel brain-computer interfaces. The assistive devices will include commercially available products provided by companies, but also prototypes developed by research labs. There will be two medals for each competition, one for the pilot and one for the technology provider. [Source: www.cybathlon.ethz.ch]. More information: www.cybathlon.ethz.ch


    The HSR Enhanced team is formed by the ILT Institute for Lab Automation and Mechatronics.

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    Florian Hauser

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    Prof. Dr. Christian Bermes
    Project Responsible

    silvia rohner

    Silvia Rohner
    Project Manager

    sergio miracco

    Sergio Miracco
    Project Engineer

    raphael schroeder

    Raphael Schröder
    Project Engineer & M.Sc. Student

    Simon Goeldi

    Simon Göldi
    Project Engineer & M.Sc. Student


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    Damian Schori
    Project Engineer

    Lukas Mueller

    Lukas Müller
    Project Engineer

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    Andreas Zolliker
    Project Engineer

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    Florian Braun
    M.Sc. Student

    sandro manser

    Sandro Manser
    B.Sc. Student

    christoph thalmann

    Christoph Thalmann
    B.Sc. Student

    cyrill aschmann

    Cyrill Aschmann
    B.Sc. Student


    Aleksander Tosic
    B.Sc. Student


    Marcel Welter
    B.Sc. Student


    Sebastian Senti
    B.Sc. Student


    Ivo Zeller
    B.Sc. Student

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    Matthias Kühni
    B.Sc. Student

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    Bharath Arun
    B.Sc. Student

    Christoph Sulzbacher c

    Christoph Sulzbacher
    B.Sc. Student

    Lukas Grab c

    Lukas Grab
    M.Sc. Student

    Samuel Staehli c

    Samuel Stähli
    B.Sc. Student

    Thierry Zimmermann c

    Thierry Zimmermann
    B.Sc. Student

    Philipp Weber q

    Philipp Weber
    B.Sc. Student

    Kevin Buergi quadratisch

    Kevin Bürgi
    B.Sc. Student

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    Doris Waldburger
    Communication & Sponsoring


    Are you interested in sponsoring HSR Enhanced in 2018? This year, HSR Enhanced focuses on the participation in the CYBATHLON EXPERIENCE that takes place at the Rollivision fair in Nottwil (June 23rd 2018). HSR Enhanced will participate in several show races. The Rollivision is one of the biggest wheelchair fairs in Switzerland.

    You may support us as a Bronze, Silver or Gold Sponsor for our participation in the Cybathlon Experience and other team activities in 2018. You find further information here: Sponsoring Packages English, Sponsorenpackages German.

    If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us (christian.bermes@hsr.ch). We are looking forward to teaming up with you for this project!

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    Contact Information

    Prof. Dr. Christian Bermes
    HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil
    ILT Institute of Lab Automation and Mechatronics
    Oberseestrasse 10
    CH-8640 Rapperswil

    +41 (0)55 222 47 12