The Japanese created an inflatable electric scooter that fits in a backpack
Engineers presented a prototype of the Poimo inflatable electric scooter, which weighs only 5.5 kg and when assembled fits into a backpack.
E-bikes and e-scooters are becoming more and more popular, but the increase in their number leads to cluttered sidewalks, injuries and other minor annoyances. Therefore, a team of scientists from the University of Tokyo has developed a more compact and convenient option. this type of personal transport.
The body of their Poimo electric scooter manufactured made of thermoplastic polyurethane, which can be easily inflated using a small hand pump. It takes less than two minutes, since the optimal working pressure (for comfortable sitting) is 40-50 kPa, which is half that inside a soccer ball.
After inflating rigid components such as wheels, motor, battery and steering wheel are attached. The total weight of all elements is 5.5 kg, and the flexible body itself weighs 2.3 kg, but in the future the team plans to reduce these figures.
Poimo’s design is an example of a safe vehicle that minimizes the likelihood of injury or damage in the event of an accident.. The main disadvantage of the first prototype is that a single charge of its battery lasts only 1.6 km. Therefore, for now, it is only suitable for small trips within the city. However, in the future, scientists plan to optimize its systems and increase the range..
Earlier, we also reported on the development of the Indian company Hero MotoCorp, which presented a prototype of a levitating motorcycle hydrogen fuel.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: University of Tokyo, video: YouTube / ACM SIGCHI