RESEARCH AREA

MOBILITY

POIMO PROJECT

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.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact r4d-contact@mercari.com

Publications

Soft yet Strong Inflatable Structures for a Foldable and Portable Mobility.

Published: Hiroki Sato, Young ah Seong, Ryosuke Yamamura, Hiromasa Hayashi, Katsuhiro Hata, Hisato Ogata, Ryuma Niiyama, and Yoshihiro Kawahara. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–4.
Publication year: 2020