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Robotics Entrepreneur Partners with Apple
Dubbed the world’s youngest and highest paid robotics engineer, Silas Adekunle has created MekaMon, the world’s first augmented reality gaming robot, that gives users the ability to get out from behind their screen, modify a real robot, then leverage it to face off globally.
Apple was quick to recognize the 26-year-old British-Nigerian entrepreneur’s uniqueness and the success of Reach Robotics, which creates the MekaMon line not only for entertainment, but also to leverage it as a tool to promote and support STEM learning across the world.
The company offered MekaMon a coveted spot in its stores across the U.S. That success continued with Apple the MekaMon Beserker V2 last fall, which included at the time an exclusive color available in select Apple stores across the country.
After that Adekunle and his team launched the MekaMon Beserker V2, which is now globally available, including in Apple Stores, b8ta stores and Amazon, as well as directly on the Reach Robotics website, reachrobotics.com. You can also view MekaMon Beserker V2 in action in three different videos: dropbox.com/s/4rnn9wdpbwlpupb/B Gun L P1.mov?dl=0, dropbox.com/s/8b64yw8ccmjvi9i/B Gun R P2.mov?dl=0 and dropbox.com/s/ad2s0ede4cuutz0/B Shield R P1.mov?dl=0.
Apple’s Head of Developer Relations Ron Okamoto carefully surveyed other potential competing robots when MekaMon launched in 2017, but decided MekaMon was the one. “It’s got character,” he points out.
It led to Reach Robotics’ and Apple’s expected 15-minute chat extending to more than an hour. And just like that, Adekunle, a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, inked a deal to sell his invention, MekaMon, in Apple stores in 2017, starting the relationship leading to this latest achievement and launch. With no previous ties Adekunle and his team of nine were suddenly working with the world’s largest brand.
All great things start small - Apple in a garage, Facebook in a dorm room and MekaMon, a robot made out of baked beans cans and tennis balls. With a natural passion for robotics, Adekunle began to build his empire by watching YouTube videos, coding and attending the University of the West of England.
Determined to build a more complex product with a more reasonable cost for the typical gamer, Adekunle began experimenting on the first moving prototypes for what would soon be known as MekaMon.
Straddling the real and virtual realm with next-gen augmented reality gameplay, MekaMon lives and plays alongside you. MekaMon offers an unrivalled gaming experience and endless opportunities to experiment, customize and learn with next-level robotics.
MekaMon’s cutting-edge look, smooth movements and real emotion are what allowed it to stand out from already existing products, such as Sony Aibo robot. Learn more about MekaMon at dropbox.com/s/fiv8lkckof4bjcg/Christmas Press Release - FINAL .docx?dl=0.
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