Meet Silas Adekunle, the best paid robotics engineer in the world
26-year-old Nigerian, Silas Adekunle, credited for building the world’s first gaming robot is now the highest paid in the field of robotic engineering. After signing a new deal with Apple Inc, Silas clinched a world reputation for himself.
Adekunle who is the CEO of Reach Robotics, a software development company which built the world’s first gaming robot, is a first-class graduate in Robotics from the University of the West of England.
Having been born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Adekunle schooled at secondary levels in Nigeria before moving to the UK as a teenager. He founded Reach Robotics in 2013 and continued to develop lots of expertise on robotics for about four years.
His love for science subjects made him enjoy robotics and also made his education more interesting. In 2017, he built Mekamon, the world’s first gaming robot, which has a special ability to perform personalised functions.
According to The Guardian, at the initial launch of Mekamon, 500 bots were sold, which generated $7.5 million. Withthis accomplishment, Adekunle received supports from various organisations including London Venture Partners ($10 million) and in the same year, Reach Robotics signed a deal with Apple 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 and 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 earlier in 2018.
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