Creator of World’s First Gaming Robot – Silas Adekunle – Africans are surely doing big things across various socio-economic platforms all over the globe. Day by day, they keep drawing the world’s attention to the rich continent.
In the tech circuit, a 26-year-old Nigerian, Silas Adekunle, has scored a big one with the world’s first gaming robot, which he created.
The tech guru has just signed a new deal with the world’s reputable software manufacturers, Apple Inc. This makes him the highest paid in the field of Robotic engineering.
Tagged by the Black Hedge Fund Group as “Someone to Watch in 2018”, Adekunle recently graduated with a 1st class degree. With four years’ background in robotics, he is the founder and CEO of Reach Robotics – a company developing the world’s first gaming robots.
Adekunle was born in Lagos, Nigeria. After completing his secondary school education, he relocated to the UK as a teenager.
He enrolled at the University of the West of England. There, he graduated with a first class degree in Robotics.
In 2013, he founded Reach Robotics, and developed a lot of experience on robotics, within a space of four years.
Adekunle was also a team leader of Robotics In Schools program. This program encourages and pays attention to students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The program encouraged him to develop robotics to make education more entertaining for STEM students.
In 2017, he released the world’s first gaming robot, MekaMon. It came with the special ability to customize the gaming bot to perform personalized functions.
The initial launch of Mekamon sold 500 bots, generating $7.5 million, according to The Guardian.
Following this feat, Adekunle received support from various organizations, including London Venture Partners ($10 million). In the same year, his company, Reach Robotics, signed a deal with Apple, thereby securing exclusive sales in Apple stores.
“Impressed by the quality of his robots and their ability to show emotion with subtly-calibrated movements, Apple priced his four-legged “battle-bots” at $300. Even more, Apple has put them in nearly all of its stores in the United States and Britain.
“Early customers skew towards male techies. But a growing number of parents are buying the robots for their children to get them interested in STEM, Adekunle told Forbes in an interview this year.
The young entrepreneur once indicated that the secrets to his success are “balance, shared ideas, time management and being oneself”. Just recently, he was listed in the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology.
Adekunle, who has taken over the world with his inventiveness, is currently located at the Bristol Robotics Lab. This lab is said to be the best robotics research centre in the UK.