The "functional electrical stimulation bike race" is designed for competitors with spinal cord injuries.

In the powered arm prosthetics competition, competitors will "have to successfully complete two hand-arm task courses as quickly as possible."

In the brain-computer interface race, pilots will race an avatar, and the game will be projected on a screen for the audience.

The powered leg prosthetics race, for athletes with "transfemoral amputation."

A look at the course plans for the powered leg prosthetics race.

In the powered exoskeleton race, competitors will have to step on pillars of different heights, pick up a weight and walk with it, and sprint to the finish line.

The exoskeleton race course.

In the powered wheelchair race, competitors will encounter ramps, a sand and gravel pit, and other obstacles.

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Coming In 2016: The Bionic Olympics

The "Cybathlon" will let those assisted by exoskeletons, powered wheelchairs, and other technologies compete against one another.

Technological advancements continue to make life easier for people with disabilities. In an effort to draw attention to these technologies, The Swiss National Competence Center of Research will host a "Cybathlon"—a championship for "robot-assisted parathletes"—in October of 2016.

The competition will feature races for powered wheelchairs, exoskeletons, arm and leg prosthetics, and muscle stimulation bicycles. There will even be brain-computer interface race designed for those paralyzed from the neck down, in which they'll use a headset to control and race an avatar on a computer screen.

Want to attend? Ticket sales start in early 2016.

[Image: Cybathlon]

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