2016 has been a landmark year for Disability Sports, not just thanks to the Rio Paralympic Games and the Orlando Invictus Games, but also the inaugural Bionic Paralympics, known as the Cybathlon.
The Cybathlon gives people living with severe disabilities, who have previously been unable to participate in any sports, the ability compete in a range of challenges with the help of the latest assistive technologies.
Team Imperial, a team of students and staff from Imperial College London, are taking this challenge head on. The team developed a number of projects in preparation for this landmark event, with team members working on a range of devices from novel prosthetic arms to a powered wheelchair capable of tackling stairs. The competition is set to further develop the field of assistive technology, enabling people with disabilities to perform tasks that currently seem beyond their reach.