The Global Innovation Challenge for Assistance Robots and Exoskeletons for Independent Living will be held again in 2023.
The Executive Committee of the Global Innovation Challenge has announced a new Global Innovation Challenge 2023 Living Assistance Robot Contest with a prize pool of $ 1 million.
Unlike last year, when participants were prevented from traveling and were able to submit a recorded contest presentation, the intent is for the 2023 GIC Contest to be held in the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan (a less than an hour away from central Tokyo).
Competitors for the Global Innovation Challenge 2023 Living Assistance Robot Contest will be people living in wheelchairs.
The goal is to test technologies, including powered exoskeletons, designed to allow walking without direct assistance or supervision.
The competition will bring together robotics, researchers and developers from around the world to test their devices and ideas.
It is an opportunity to engage the target demographic, people with walking disabilities who require them to use a wheelchair, earlier in the development process.
The Global Innovation Challenge 2023 is structured to simulate the activities of daily life in a defined "apartment".
Tasks will include sitting on the toilet, getting ready for the day, preparing a meal, doing laundry, receiving a pack, cleaning and bathing.
The best way to explain the competition is to view the entries from the latest iteration of the event: Global Innovation Challenge 2021: Living Assistance Robot Award
The challenge is not meant to give people paralyzed or wheelchair-bound due to other causes a sense of false hope that the technological readiness level is here.
Assistive robotics technology has some avenues to go before it can be safely deployed for unsupervised home use.
The challenge has some lofty tasks for robotic exoskeletons, which users should perform completely independently.
Another requirement will be the ability to perform tasks with the hands, while presumably, the wearable robot balances itself.
The Global Innovation Challenge 2023 is an opportunity to integrate users earlier into the development process.
The challenge also provides a structured environment against which developers can compare their progress.
For more information on these topics, see Survey Results and Analysis of Usability Assessment Practices of Use in Wearable Robotics.
Powered exoskeletons and wearable robotics will be forced to leave the labs and engineering rooms and face the challenges of everyday life together with their users.
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