poimo is a new mobility combining personal mobility and soft robotics technology, which is soft, safe, and lightweight enough for people to carry. Users can ride it on and off anywhere. This mobility aims at supporting the first mile / last mile and connecting public transportation and destinations seamlessly. To reduce the weight of its body along with its inflatable structure, we have developed a wireless / batteryless powering system suitable for this mobility in cooperation with the wireless power transfer group.
We also implemented an interactive design system that can scan the user's desired riding posture to generate a customized personal mobility device and can add the user's shape and color preferences. To demonstrate the custom-design capability and mobility, we designed several 3D models using our system and built physical samples for two basic templates: a motorcycle and a wheelchair. Finally, we conducted an online user study to examine the usability of the design system and share lessons learned for further improvements in the design and fabrication of poimo.
Ryuma Niiyama*, Hiroki Sato*, Kazzmasa Tsujimura, Koya Narumi, Young ah Seong, Ryosuke Yamamura, Yasuaki Kakehi, and Yoshihiro Kawahara. 2020. Poimo: Portable and Inflatable Mobility Devices Customizable for Personal Physical Characteristics. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 912–923. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3379337.3415894 (* Joint First Authors).
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Hiroki Sato, Young ah Seong, Ryosuke Yamamura, Hiromasa Hayashi, Katsuhiro Hata, Hisato Ogata, Ryuma Niiyama, and Yoshihiro Kawahara. 2020. Soft yet Strong Inflatable Structures for a Foldable and Portable Mobility. 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. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3334480.3383147