Photos: Robot, giddyap!

Photos: Robot, giddyap!

Summary: This is no mechanical bull--in the Persian Gulf states, robots are bumping human jockeys out of the saddle.

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • Robots jockeying for position

    Robot camel jockeys are put through their paces in a July 2005 trial race featuring seven such machines. Officials in the United Arab Emirates plan to order as many as 10,000 robots, which cost about $2,000 apiece, according to Reuters.

  • Robot meets camel

    Robot riders are taking their place in the saddle as Persian Gulf states take heat from human rights activists for the use of boy jockeys. The rider in red is a robot named Kamel from the Swiss company K-Team.

  • Robo-jockey close-up

    A dismounted robot after an April 2005 trial run in Qatar. The Associated Press reported that the mechanical jockey rode a camel for 1.5 miles at speeds up to 25 miles per hour.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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