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.

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Portable and Inflatable Mobility Devices Customizable for Personal Physical Characteristics.

Published: R. Niiyama, H. Sato, K. Tsujimura, K. Narumi, Y. A. Seong, R. Yamamura, Y. Kakehi, and Y. Kawahara. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST’20). Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 912–923, Virtual (previously Minneapolis, US).
Publication year: 2020

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


Published: 林寛将,笹谷拓也,畑勝裕,山村亮介,川原圭博. マルチメディア,分散,協調とモバイル (DICOMO2020) シンポジウム. Association for Computing Machinery, 4A-2, pp.520-525.
Publication year: 2020

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