'Wall-E' in the dumps

Bolivian student Esteban Quispe, 17, has created a replica of Disney's Wall-E character (left), seen here in a rubbish dump in Patacamaya, south of La Paz city.

Esteban built the Wall-E robot using materials he obtained from a rubbish dump in the town located in the highland Andean region.

He hopes to mechanise agriculture in Patacamaya by making use of robots that operate using solar energy.

The teenager has been referred to as a "genius of Patacamaya" by fans, with the video of how he built the robot being seen 5.7 million times, and being shared more than 170,000 times.

His version of Wall-E is a small robot that has several internal connections which can make the device move forward and backward and rotate its hands and head.

Esteban's invention can be commanded from his cellphone via an app which he created.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2015, with the headline ''Wall-E' in the dumps'. Print Edition | Subscribe