Black Excellence: Meet A Zimbabwean Inventor Excelling Across The World Without A Formal Education

by Duke Magazine

Maxwell Chikumbutso is a 31-year-old Zimbabwean who invented the world’s first-ever green power generator which can produce electricity using radio frequencies. He has designed and built an electric-powered vehicle and hybrid helicopter which uses six different types of fuel.

Having dropped out of school, he has no formal training in technology or science, just revelations of blueprints and visions which he has used to formulate his inventions.

In 1997, Chikumbutso founded Saith Technologies. “While praying at a certain mountain he received the scripture in Isaiah 46 from where the name Saith Technologies came, as in “thus saith the Lord” he explained to Techzim.

Chikumbutso originally wanted to become a mechanic.  In 1999, he formed his first project, a radio broadcast transmitter. He broadcasted illegally and scrapped his project due to a lack of funding.

In 2001, Chikumbutso developed a digital navigation facilitator used to enable the landing of aircraft according to its size, speed, and positioning.

After several failed partnerships and funding issues, Chikumbutso relocated to the United States in 2017, “The USA Government saw what Africa did not and California is now our HOME, the Head Office of Saith Holdings Inc. I always love AFRICA and I’m so proud of being born and raised in AFRICA. I will surely come back to Zimbabwe where everything started,” he confirmed.

In 2021, the young inventor developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), popularly known as a drone, which could be useful in military operations, border patrols, wildlife protection, anti-smuggling surveillance, and distribution of medications in remote areas.

In 2020, Chikumbutso was featured on the “Thrive II” documentary which had a focal point on the breakthroughs in science, engineering, and medicine among the top global innovators and inventors. He also developed a prototype automated disinfecting machine to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Highly enthused in bringing comfort to lives through technology and innovation, last week, a Zimbabwean inventor reportedly created a radio-frequency powered television. This means that there is no power cable and the TV is powered purely by radio waves similar to WiFi and Bluetooth.

“With an RF-powered generator embedded on a TV set, it is now possible for many people to enjoy watching TV whilst they are off-grid. For me, this started as a dream in 2003, but today it’s now a reality. We have successfully developed a solution that powers televisions, smartphones, laptop computers, fridges just to name a few, Chikumbutso said.

“Goodbye to electric wired home appliances. Welcome to the future with the world’s first Free Energy powered 55″ UHD Samsung TV. The dawn of wireless self-powered gadgets is here!”

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