Since 2008, Pilotfish has collaborated on a number of research projects with the Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan (ITRI).
With a focus on smart living, health quality and environmental sustainability, ITRI’s purpose is to stimulate the national economy through innovation programmes that benefit the national
Pilotfish’s first project for ITRI was with their flexible display production and development laboratory. Using thin film transistor electrophoretic display (TFT-EPD) technology, Pilotfish designed the first five-inch foldable smartphone. ITRI worked with Pilotfish to show off the concept and seek Taiwanese handset makers interested in developing products with the technology that could potentially challenge Apple’s iPhone.
In addition to the foldable smartphone, Pilotfish also worked on the Audio Wrap, a flexible speaker system that doubles as a beach bag, and the Roppie, a home service assistant designed to help people with disabilities as well as the elderly. The Roppie robot is capable of performing various household tasks like carrying objects or serving a drink in a glass. It also knows how to be an interactive companion thanks to an animated face made using an LCD screen.
Pilotfish also worked with ITRI on the MediRobot, an intuitively operated patient lift, which lifts and transfers patients without the need for an extra wheelchair and with considerably reduced physical efforts for the caregiver. The body of the device provides important patient information to the caregiver and serves as intuitive infotainment terminal for the patient. The MediRobot received an iF Design Award in 2011.