Robot Camel Jockey. Really.

on Sunday, July 17, 2011.

Just when you thought robots were confined to shooting things, making things, or helping humans, we get word of Robot Camel jockeys!


Then of course you have those that use the whips and then those (illegal for the sport) shooting electricity on their mount.  It all gives new meaning to shock jockey & ignites the debate of what is right.  We don't want no stinkin' robot on our stinkin' camel.  Or is this part of sporting evolution?


Just as a background, this started around 2005 as detailed in this National Geographic excerpt.  Adding in a shock and electricity should be taboo:

National Geographic: "Technology met tradition this week, when a camel race in Doha, Qatar for the first time featured robots at the reins. On July 13, workers fixed robotic jockeys on the backs of seven camels and raced the machine-mounted animals around a track. Operators controlled the jockeys remotely, signaling them to pull their reins and prod the camels with whips.

This feat of technology was also a development in human rights. Racing-camel owners in many Persian Gulf countries traditionally use children as jockeys, sometimes as young as four years old. Faced with pressure from human rights groups, Qatar outlawed the practice last December and looked to technology to keep the races running.


Officials approached the Swiss robotics firm K-Team, which came up with a compact solution. The new robot jockeys weigh 57 pounds (26 kilograms) and cost about U.S. $5,500 each."

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