Silas was born in Nigeria but moved to the UK at the age of 11.
The 22-year old started his company, Reach Robotics in 2013. After 4 years, MechaMon derived from “Mecha Monsters” is breaking the barriers of virtual reality. His MechaMon invention is seen as the first gaming robot the world has ever seen.
As the name implies, Adekunle explains what MechaMon is,
“These robots combine real world game play with augmented reality, seamlessly. The robots are made of plastic, and are controlled from a smartphone app, which actually creates the virtual world for battle and exploring.”
In other words, the invention is such that the gamers can transfer their fights to real life courtesy of the robots. Aside entertainment, Silas has also devised a means of educating science students through these robotics.
Silas started experimenting with robotics in his school days. For 4 years he managed the Prince’s Trust’s “Robotics in schools” program in Bristol in partnership with UWE. He lead a team of engineering students with the aim of increasing the students’ interest in STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) through robotics.
From there, Reach Robotics was birthed. It is located at the Bristol Robotics Lab which is the best robotics research centre in the UK.
Silas Adekunle recently graduated with a 1st class degree in Robotics Technology from the University of West of England, Bristol. He later held a residency at the Pervasive Media Studio.
Mechamon is a four-legged robot designed to be controlled via a companion app fitted with augmented reality gameplay. These apps are compatible with both iOS and Android.
The young Nigerian engineer says the best part of the invention is that one can actually personalize the MechaMon robots with weapons and shields.
According to Silas Adekunle,
“MechaMons straddles on both the real and virtual worlds while taking the gaming experience beyond a player’s screen and turning their sitting room into a limitless robotic battle zone.”
“This is an exciting time for our company as now after years of development work we are finally able to bring MechaMons to customers across the UK and US and with plans to go global”.
At the moment Silas Adekunle’s Reach Robotics has 29 staff. The company has raised $7.5 million in funding to build better robots.
The MechaMon robot which has been on sale since November 16 for $299.95 is exclusively sold in Apple stores.
“First of all, when a company like Apple wants to do business with you, it’s all the validation you need to be taken seriously… This could be a great way for the U.K. company to break into the American market, and help find new markets.”
Reach Robotics already has an estimated $9.5 million capital from investments from other companies.
In 2015, Silas was accepted into Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, which is one of the biggest processor manufacturers in the world