Born in Taiwan. Graduated from Design Products, Royal College of Art in 2012. A highly motivated and enthusiastic designer with a good knowledge of engineering and design. Exposure to dynamic woodcraft, metal, and various functional products, including an innovative new milk steamer and alternative extreme sport devices – STAIR ROVER. Able to use own initiative and work as innovator under pressure to meet challenging deadlines/objectives. Excellent design and prototyping skills with the will and determination needed to succeed.
Recent RCA graduate Po-Chih Lai‘s futuristic skateboard can do something other skate can’t: Smoothly descend any staircase. You can see the Stair Rover in action in this beautiful video below.
The piece aims to expanding the capability and possibility of extreme sports as we understand them. Inherited from our natural instincts, sliding as children and snowboarding as adults, the focus is on one of the most influential and stimulating sports – skateboading, aiming to push the boundaries further. The piece creates a groundbreaking form of sport which previously never existed and utilises the hidden energy of our cities – stairs. STAIR ROVER – the Stairboard is a product that relies on the other product – stairs, which are found easily within the human habitat, especially in cities. This is an outstanding performance reflecting where we as residents live and what we love.