The inaugural Bionic Olympics are set to be hosted in 2016 in Switzerland. Brought to life by the Swiss National Competence Center of Research in Robotics, the idea behind these games is to promote the new development, medical devices and research in the age of augmented humans.
Oscar Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner," beat out able-bodied Olympians in the 2012 Summer Games in London, bringing about the controversy over the ironic notion that prosthetic legs may give disabled athletes a one-up.
The goal of these games is to match able-bodied human strength, but not to surpass it, with assistive devices like prosthetics commonly used. Athletes will be awarded two categories of medals for each specified event; one is given to the athlete, and the other is given to the scientist or company who manufactured the athlete's robotic assistive device. Things like exoskeletons, powered wheelchairs, and even electrically stimulated muscles will be explored throughout these games.
Events include the Powered Leg Prosthetics Race, Functional Electrical Stimulation Race, and the Powered Wheelchair Race, among others that are a groundbreaking development and opportunity in the age of augmented humans.