By Chika Otuchikere
A United Kingdom (UK)-based Nigerian, Silas Adekunle, 26, has become the world highest paid robotics engineer. Adekunle is credited for building the world’s first gaming robot. He achieved the feat after signing a new deal with Apple Inc. the world’s reputable software manufacturers.
The Black Hedge Fund listed Adekunle as “Someone to Watch in 2018.”
Adekunle who recently graduated with a first class degree with four years background in robotics was born in Lagos. He studied in Nigeria before relocating to the UK as a teenager.
After completing his secondary school education, Adekunle proceeded to the University of the West of England where 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.
The engineer was also a team leader of Robotics in Schools Programme, which encouraged and paid attention to students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The programme encouraged him to develop robotics to make education more entertaining for STEM students.
In 2017, Adekunle released the world’s first gaming robot, MekaMon, with the special ability to customise the gaming bot to perform personalised 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 organisations including London Venture Partners ($10 million) and in the same year, his company 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 this year.
The robotic engineer who once indicated that the secrets to his success were “balance, shared ideas, time management and being oneself”, was recently 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 which is said to be the best robotics research centre in the UK.