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A crypto millionaire of 19 years used his fortune in bitcoin to help a child with disabilities

on June 18 at 11:43 AM
Erik Finman is not just any young man: not only does he have a fortune valued at more than two and a half million dollars, but he decided to use part of his money to finance a robot and give it to a 10-year-old boy who suffers from mobility problems.

The child will be able to control the mechanical extremities using the two middle fingers of each hand, adjusted in a glove that allows to manipulate the robotic arms in multiple axes.

Finman, who never finished high school and was chosen as one of the most influential teenagers by Time magazine in 2014, helped fund and develop a prosthetic suit similar to the comic character Doctor Octupus. He said in a tweet that it is "important to do acts of charity and invest in new technologies."

The teenager is an advance in the world of cryptocurrencies. His grandmother gave him a thousand dollars for his 12th birthday and instead of spending it like any other young man of his age would have opted to invest that money in buying bitcoin. At that time, each token cost around 10 dollars while today it is worth about 6400 dollars.

"I met this child, Aristou, whose father is a friend of the family, he said that his dream was to build a real-life model of Dr. Octopus, because of his own [health] situation. is the next Albert Einstein, and I felt he was a kindred spirit, "he explained to Teen Bitcoin.

Finman clarified that this invention made Aristou "incredibly popular" at school.
Finman clarified that this invention made Aristou "incredibly popular" at school.
The idea occurred to Arisou "because he is a big fan of comic books". "It's important to encourage this kind of thinking at an early age, so I decided to use my experience in robotics, put together a team of engineers and build Dr. Octopus's real-life suit," Finman said.

The suit financed by Finman was printed in 3D. The mechanical arms are controlled and mounted from the rear and works with eight motors that feed it and allow you to handle the arms and lift objects.

Meehan was thrilled with the result of the suit, according to Digital Trends, and already used it in a Comic-Con (a comic convention) "with great success."

Erik Finman also founded a digital education company, Botangle, which he then sold.
Erik Finman also founded a digital education company, Botangle, which he then sold.
Finman explained that his passion for robotics was born from a very young age: "I got my first [robotics] kit when I was 3. I loved it! But when I went to school I had all these terrible experiences." The teachers were incredibly cruel to me. They mocked me for being so involved in robotics. "

He said he "would not recommend" studying in the formal education system because he does not consider it well structured. "It does not work for anyone, I would recommend the internet, which is all for free, you can learn a million times more from YouTube and Wikipedia," he said.

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