Togolese student Sam Todo has developed a working robot that is made primarily out of discarded television sets.

The DIY aesthetic is often a way of life in the developing world, as utilitarian solutions are created from whatever is available. This frequently points to a level of early-stage innovation that can inform future products and services intended for a more mainstream consumer and are also just plain cool.

Togolese student Sam Todo has constructed a humanoid robot called ‘SAM10’ primarily out of discarded television sets that succeeds in both respects. While the current version is only able to walk in a straight line, he hopes to make future iterations that can avoid objects and greet people who are nearby. His aim is to inspire fellow Africans to more actively pursue science, mathematics and engineering. Truly inspirational indeed.

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