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poimo: Portable and Inflatable Mobility Devices Customizable for Personal Physical Characteristics : Professor Yoshihiro Kawahara, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, Lecturer Ryuma Niiyama, Academic support specialist Hiroki Sato, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, and other researchers.

We envision "Soft Mobility," which is a new type of personal mobility made of soft, lightweight, and inflatable materials. A soft body enables safer user interactions with pedestrians and drivers; the lightweight and inflatable properties allow the users to easily carry it as a "portable device," by deflating, folding, and packing it into, for example, a backpack. As embodiment of such soft mobility, we prototyped "poimo" (POrtable and Inflatable MObility). To evaluate the poimo, we first conducted mechanical tests to verify that it can endure the weight of a human. We also measured the time needed to inflate / deflate it to demonstrate its property. Finally, we reported on the preliminary results of riding on it, and clarified the requirements to further investigate and implement soft mobility transport.

33rd ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST) :