This high schooler built a real-life WALL-E, One man’s trash is apparently this teen’s robot.
One man’s trash is apparently this teen’s robot. 17-year-old Esteban Quispe built a WALL-E replica using garbage from a landfill near his hometown in Bolivia.
Dec 18, 2015 10:01 PM IST.
The working model looks just like the Disney character.
Quispe made his robot completely from recycled garbage. It’s fitting for WALL-E, who worked tirelessly to tidy up the planet in the film of the same name. “Fantasy is the key to creativity,” Quispe told AJ+.
Quispe first ventured to a trash dump in Patacamaya, a small Bolivian town in the Andean highland region. He gathered metal, screws, and rubber to build the robot.
The high schooler then went home to his makeshift lab to build and program WALL-E.
After he tinkered with the aluminum body and rubber wheels, the robot’s eyes lit up and WALL-E turned on.
Quispe programmed WALL-E to wheel around on its own. It can detect and avoid small obstacles, like rocks and uneven paths.
He also created a smartphone app that remotely controls the robot, which can pick up small crops and rotate its arms and head.
Self-taught and passionate about robotics, Quispe started working on computers at age 10 with his father and brother.
In the future, he wants to build solar-powered robots that can perform simple farm tasks in his community. “Most of the indigenous people are moving to cities,” he said. “Who is going to work? That’s why I will create robots.”
Quispe already received a college scholarship to build agriculture robots.
“I want my robots to do something special to protect the environment,” Quispe said. “My robots would not use batteries. Light would give them the energy they need.”
Photo Credits: Tech Insider. Article by Leanna Garfield.