Universal Run (Sports Prosthesis Trial Lecture)

Athletes' performance have got improved dramatically with prosthesis for sports often seen in track and field. On the other hand, it's still hard to understand its significance and difficulty. LIXIL Group Corporation has offered lecture, Universal Run where primary school kids can try sports prostheses attached on boots and interact with prosthesis users. The lecture enabled kids to understand social diversity through actual experience.
Actual athlete is invited to Universal Run, and interact with kids. In total, 80 school and 6030 kids have experienced the lecture and prosthesis trial so far.

A sport prosthesis used in this lecture is a scale-downed version of Xiborg Genesis which Jarryd Wallace(USA), Keita Sato(Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation) and other Xiborg athletes are actually using.

Xiborg developed a boot on sport prosthesis, and has managed Universal Run's trial and lecture.

World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 for Xiborg

The World Para Championships was held in London as the biggest competition in 2017. Here is the summary of Xiborg team/athlete. From this year, T43 and T44 were distinguished in 200m and 400m, though they are still combined in 100m.

Man T43/44 100m

Heat 1(0.0)
Mikio Ikeda 12.21 

Heat 2 (+0.3)
Jarryd Wallace 10.81 Q
Keita Sato 12.12

Final (-0.6)
Jarryd Wallace 10.95 3rd

Keita suffered from hamstrings injury and finish with 12.21 which is quite delayed from his best, 11.77. Mikio recorded his personal best, 12.21, but couldn’t advanced to the final. This was his first time to be in the national team, and aiming for 2020 with this experience. We met them just after the prelim and he was pretty nervous as it was first time to compete with paralympic champion, Jonnie Peacock in front of huge amount of audience.

Jarryd has started to use Xiborg blade from this season, and finish the prelim with great feeling, and advanced to the final. At the final, he took great start, and finished after Jonnie Peacock and Johannes Floor.

Man T44 200m

Heat 1
Jarryd Wallace 22.95 Q
Keita Sato DNS

Final (-1.0)
Jarryd Wallace 23.37 1st

This was great achievement for him to finish first. And as far as I know, this was the first japanese blade to support a gold medalist sprinter in the world-level competition like this. It’s great honor and we appreciate for his effort and achievement.

Man T44 400m

Mikio Ikeda  59.40  8th

Man T42-47 4x100mRelay

Japan 3rd

[Release]Welcome US champion, Jarryd Wallace as Xiborg athlete

 We are pleased to announce the agreement with the winner of 2013 IPC World Champion, 2015/2016 US champion, Jarryd Wallace [T44(Unilateral Below-knee Amputee)] to supply with prosthetic blades, and develop original blade for him
Wallace has already started to use Xiborg’s blade, Genesis and provide Xiborg team with motion data and feedback. He is now targeting IPC World Championship in this July, and 2020 Tokyo Paralympics
Xiborg CEO, Ken Endo
 As we are struggling to make the fastest blade all over the world, we are happy to agree on our collaboration with Wallace who is one of the fastest athletes. We needed to work with athletes who are willing to learn technology, and be able to analyze their motion objectively as well as run fast. Jarryd Wallace is the one who can help us with experience of international competitions. At the same time, media here in Japan tends to feature japanese athletes, but would love them to see the top athletes all over the world.

Jarryd Wallace
 It is such an honor to have the opportunity to work with Xiborg.Ever since I lost my leg 7 years ago, I wanted to be the fastest amputee in the world.I quickly realized that it is not just about the training, but also about the technology.The knowledge and experience of the team at Xiborg will play a huge part in making my dream a reality – to be the fastest amputee the world has ever seen.

Wallace will run on May 21 in SEIO Golden Granprix 2017 at Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium.

Making Blade Library for All People

Xiborg is now challenging a crowdfunding to make a blade library for all amputee.

choose up one that fits you and try on the track just outside of the lab.

Amputee can learn how to use a blade with athletes at the event.

Please distribute it and support us.

[Until 7/10 23:00JST 15 Million Yen]
https://readyfor.jp/projects/12669(Only in Japanese)

[Release] Partnership with Suruga Bank

Xiborg Inc. is delighted to announce the partnership with SURUGA bank Ltd., specifically for supporting Mikio Ikeda.

Mikio Ikeda is an unilateral below knee amputee and athlete running with a blade (T44). He is currently Japan national record of 400m in his category (54.70s)

Annual 300 million Yen until 2020
will be provided for coach, his travel, and development of his blade.

April Fool

This year, we attached LED tape on our Xiborg Genesis. The photo shows the blade wrapped by full color LED tape connected to Arduino Mega.

We hope be a start-up that explores human science by developing technology like blades and others, which enhance human physical function etc..

New Product, Xiborg Decosis

Xiborg inc. is pleased to announce to unvail our new product, XIborg Decosis, which is decorated blade with 300 full color LEDs based on Xiborg Genesis technology
in order to make user’s running stand out more on the track.

  • For Your Own Running

    You can customize LED colors and pattern based on your running gait. You can show your color of running.

  • Coaching

    This can coach you with LED lights using sensors embedded on the blade. This is also good for beginners.

  • As Usual Light

    When all LEDs are high, blade becomes bright. You feel comfortable to read books beside it.

Comments from atheltes
Keita Sato
“At first, I thought he was joking. I just said “really??” to CEO with I was told to use this for races. I’m so uncomfortable with it”

Jun Haruta
“I cannot believe it. I’m too ashamed to run on this blade. What happened to Xiborg, which, I believe, is targeting the fastest, but actually they care its appearance. I just started to rethinking how I work with Xiborg….”

Mikio Ikeda
“it’s perfect!! I thought I’m now safe
to run at night”

Place where sports and technology meet

We hosted an opening event at Shin-Toyosu Brillia Running Stadium on Dec. 10 and 11. In this facility, there is XiborgLab, which is our new base equipped with machine shop.

  • Targetting the Fastest Ever

    One of our team goal is to see the fastest athelete running with our blade overrunning over intact athlete in 2020. Here is the center of our activity including training, research and development of running blades, and analysis of athletes’ gait. Moreover, our lab works as a hub for foreign athletes toward 2020.

  • First Run Trial on Blade

    Running on blade is, at first, challenging. Furthermore, blade itself is quite expensive. These stuations make amputees difficult to just even run. We hope Xiborg Lab will be one of the places where even amputee can swing by, and test our blade without any hesitation.

  • Intersection of Sports and Technology

    Xiborg Lab is equipped with working space and machines which enable us to make actual devices in front of the huge track. We hope to create new technology for sports in collaboration with companies, universities, and individuals.

We hope our lab is one of the places where athletes meet creators as well as where normal and disabled people exist without any boundary.

Toray Industries, Inc., Trusco Nakayama Corporation, Kyoto Tool Co., Ltd. (Sponsors Needed)

Xiborg Co., Ltd., CEO Ken Endo

Robotic Limb “SHOEBILL”

Xiborg has been developing a robotic limb, “Shoebill” in collaboration with Sony Computer science Laboratories, Inc.(SonyCSL). Shoebill includes an electrical motor, computer, etc. which enables a user to move naturally like a intact human. Its Exteroir is designed by Tetsuya Konishi (exiii, Inc.)

  • Active

    Almost all conventional prostheses are composed of passive elements. Shoebill moves actively with an electrical motor. This active component enables users to go up stairs, stand up from chair, etc., though these motions are commonly challenging for above-knee amputees.

  • Small

    A prosthesis with motor and battery tends to be too large. We keep balance between its size and specification in order to keep the size within human leg’s. (appox. 12cm height of knee joint)

  • Light

    Active componts often make devices too heavy. We again try to keep balance between weight and specification considering users feeling. (approx. 1300g)

Finally , Xiborg and SonyCSL will joint the world first cyborg competition, Cybathlon hold in Zurich, Switzerland in Oct. 2016. Cybathlon is a competition among disabled people as “pilots” with technology organized by Swiss National Competence Centre of Research in Robotics

There are 6 different disciplines and Xiborg will join Powered Leg Prosthesis Race”. Pilot will compete though various tasks such as ramp, stairs, tilted terrain, door and so forth which can be seen in our daily life.

[Release]Four Japanese Companies Develop a Running-specific Prosthesis

Develop a Running Specific Prosthesis for Top Athlete
Support Three Japanese Athletes using our prostheses

This press was released only in japanese and this info was originally translated by us.

Tokyo, Japan
Xiborg(HQ: Shibuya, Tokyo, CEO Ken Endo) announced that they have developed and started to sell a running specific prosthesis, Xiborg Genesis, for top athletes in collaboration with Toray Industries, Inc. (HQ: Chuo, Tokyo, CEO Akihiro Nikkaku), Toray Carbon Magic Co., Ltd. (HQ: Maibara, Shiga, CEO Nobuya Ando), and Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc.(HQ: Shinagawa Tokyo, CEO Hiroaki Kitano).

This project launched in 2015 and three japanese top athletes Sato Keita (Toyota), Jun Haruta (Water works), and Mikio Ikeda (Chukyo Univ.) has already started to use.

[Release]Shin-toyosu Brillia Running Stadium

As a base of “Sport x Art Shin-Toyosu”, Shin-toyosu
Brillia Running Stadium will be open this December

Tokyo Gas Toyosu and Makmax are announcing that Shin-toyosu Brillia Running Stadium will be open in this December. Tokyo Tatemono has acquired its naming right and starts construction from today. This stadium is equipped with 60m tartan track and lab space. Xiborg will move our headquarter here. Our activity here includes coaching of para-athelte, R&D of running-specific prosthesis, experiential session of proshtesis, and various event for all people including disabled, normal, elderly etc..

SportxArt release site (only in Japanese)

Press Release (approx 600kB only in Japanese)

Xiborg Genesis Debut

Three of Xiborg Athlete, Jun Haruta, Keita Sato and Mikio Ikeda competed in the first official race of the season of 2016 in Japan, Oita Para Athletics. Our first product, Xiborg Genesis was unveiled officially in public.

T44 100m race was hold on 4/10. Keita Sato and Jun Haruta wore Xiborg Genesis. This was the first day when our prostheses were officially used.
1st lane: Mikio Ikeda, 3rd lane: Jun Haruta, 6th lane: Keita Sato.
Keita, JUn and Mikio finished with 12.07s, 12.69s, and 12.85s, respectively (-0.1 of wind). By the way, Keita’s best is 11.85 and his result was not bad in this early season.

[Release] Xiborg Genesis

Xiborg athlete (Jun Haruta, Keita Sato, and Mikio Ikeda)
Movie Creation: TKD、Music:Daiki Yanagidaira, Location:Teiko University of Science

Xiborg Inc.(Tokyo) is pleased to announce that a running-specific prosthesis for top athletes, Xiborg Genesis was invented, and it has been commercially available in the market.


Three top athletes in Japan, (Jun Haruta, Keita Sato, and Mikio Ikeda(all T44)), Dai Tamesue (three-time olympian) Dai Tamesue, and other specialists has worked together as a team. Our development process includes analysis of sprinting biomechanics with motion capture, MRI, and dynamics simulation, and then optimization of shape, laminated constitution of carbon, prototype and actual trial on athletes. This cycle has repeated several times and then finally reached at this stage of Xiborg genesis. It can convert ground reaction force into driving force efficiently with light weight. From this season of 2016, our athletes are supposed to start using Xiborg Genesis targetting Rio and Tokyo Paralympic games. We, Xiborg, will push this activity forward and higher for better performance of athletes and prosthesis.

Contact us for more detail.

Xiborg Inc.
CEO Ken Endo

To enjoy para athletics

There are various classifications beyond race of athletes with prostheses.

The number is assigned to each classification based on severeness of disability, and its kind. For example, below-amputee with prosthesis like xiborg athletes competes in T44 which is combination of T(track) and 44(below-knee amputee).

We found description on the main screen at the IPC world championship in Doha last year.

That was quite useful, but we were confused once the race started without watching the description. So we created pictogram which everyone can easily look up during races. This is not app, but website for smartphone like android, and iOS.Rin Takizawa designed them. Please enjoy watching races with this pictogram.

Track and Field Classification
Only works on smartphone

It’s open under CC BY-NC-ND license. This classification is based on ‘Easy Classification’ of Japanese Para Athletics website

This is still beta version. If you have any comment, suggestion and more, contact us.

Promotion Video

Many para-athlete will start their season from the official races in this weekend. Our Xiborg team will also joining the first races in Oita, Japan.

One of our crew, Rin Takizawa created short PV using movie we took during the training last month. This is the first PV we created.