poimo(2019-)

Overview

Poimo is a joint research project of mercari R4D, the University of Tokyo, and Osaka Prefecture University.

At R4D, we are working together with our partners to research and develop poimo (short for Portable and Inflatable Mobility). Poimo is a new type of electric mobility vehicle that combines soft robotics, HCI (human-computer interaction), wireless charging, and digital fabrication. It is light enough to carry, safe and easy to use anywhere due to its soft inflatable body, and can be built in a variety of shapes and sizes at a low cost. Our research focuses on providing customizable and inclusive mobility for everyday life that people can use not only as a means of transportation when they leave their houses, but also when they get off the train or bus, travel, go camping, need a light-weight wheelchair, or need to carry their luggage.


R4Dでは共同研究パートナーと共に新しい電動モビリティ「poimo(POrtable and Inflatable MObility)」の研究開発を行っています。 poimoはソフトロボティクス、HCI(ヒューマン・コンピュータ・インタラクション)、無線給電、デジタルファブリケーションといった研究をパーソナルモビリティと掛け合わせることで生まれた、人が持ち運べるほど軽く、空気で膨らむ柔らかい車体により高い安全性を実現し、膨らませることでどこでも使用でき、様々な車体形状を安価に作れる、これまでにない電動モビリティです。 自宅からの移動で使うだけでなく、持ち運んで電車やバスを降りてから使う、旅行先に持っていって使う、車でキャンプに行った先で使う、軽量な車椅子として使う、荷物の搬送に使うなどカスタマイズ性を活かし、生活に寄り添ったインクルーシブなモビリティになることを目指して研究しています。

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Publications

International Conference / Demo (Peer-reviewed)

[1] R. Niiyama*, H. Sato*, K. Tsujimura, K. Narumi, Y. A. Seong, R. Yamamura, Y. Kakehi, and Y. Kawahara, “poimo: Portable and Inflatable Mobility Devices Customizable for Personal Physical Characteristics,” Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST’20), pp. 912–923, Virtual (previously Minneapolis, US), Oct. 2020 (* Authors contributed equally). https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3379337.3415894

[2] H. Sato, Y. Seong, R. Yamamura, H. Hayashi, K. Hata, H. Ogata, R. Niiyama, and Y. Kawahara, “Soft yet Strong Inflatable Structures for a Foldable and Portable Mobility,” Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA’20), April, 2020, Hawaii, US, April 2020. https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3334480.3383147

Award

UIST'20 Best Demo Award

R. Niiyama, H. Sato, K. Tsujimura, K. Narumi, Y. a. Seong, R. Yamamura, Y. Kakehi, and Y. Kawahara. 2020. poimo: Portable and Inflatable Mobility Devices Customizable for Personal Physical Characteristics. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST ’20). July 23, 2020.

Patent

Patent pending.

Selected International Media

Selected Domestic Media

Exhibition