DEC 22, 2017 2:01 PM PST

South African Man Builds Functional Robot From Trash

WRITTEN BY: Julia Travers

Robots are essential to many industries and can be found all over the world. You may even catch a glimpse of a dexterous handmade robot on the sidewalks of South Africa, in the hands of a young man named Mpho.
Mpho is a self-taught inventor in Soweto, South Africa. He built a robot out of trash and old parts that has a mobile limb. It took him two weeks to construct this creative and functional machine. In this video clip, he explains to the filmmaker that he supports a family of four.
Seven levers control his robot, allowing it to move up and down and to grasp, lift and move objects. The smorgasbord of used materials 20-year-old Mpho found to incorporate into this robot include coke cans, plastic containers, an elevator battery and a drill motor.
About the Author
  • Julia Travers is a writer, artist and teacher. She frequently covers science, tech, conservation and the arts. She enjoys solutions journalism. Find more of her work at jtravers.journoportfolio.com.
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