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.