26 Year Old Silas Adekunle is currently the highest paid Robotics Engineer In the world. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, had his elementary and high school studies in Nigeria, before relocating to the Uk.
Silas Adekunle has been credited for building the world’s first gaming robot, and has signed a new deal with the world’s reputable software manufacturers, Apple Inc.
Named as “Someone to Watch in 2018” by the Black Hedge Fund Group, the robotics engineer is currently the founder and CEO of Reach Robotics, founded in 2013, a company developing the world’s first gaming robots. He also recently graduated with a 1st class degree and has four years’ background in robotics.
Adekunle was also a team leader of Robotics In STEM, a programme which encourages and pays 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, he released the world’s first gaming robot,Mekamon which has 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, Reach Robotics signed a deal with Apple securing exclusive sales in Apple stores.
Apple priced his four-legged “battle-bots” at $300 after being impressed by the quality of his robots and their ability to show emotion with subtly-calibrated movements, and has put them in nearly all of its stores in the United States and Britain.
While speaking to Forbes in an interview this year, Silas Adekunle said that “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.
Recently, the robotics engineer was listed in the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology.
And he attributes his success to “balance, shared ideas, time management and being oneself”, which he said are his secrets to success.
Silas Adekunle is currently in the Bristol Robotics Lab which is said to be the best robotics research centre in the UK.