Remotely controlled camel jockey robots rule the world of Arab sports. Camel racing is the most popular sport in the whole Arab world. A camel participating in horse racing is a symbol of power and wealth. But who controls these exotic animals during the races? You will be surprised – this is not done by real people, but by robotic camel jockeys!
In this article, you will find out why Arab sheiks prefer the new camel jockey robots technology in their traditional sports entertainment.
How did the robot riders appear?
In the good old days, children acted as jockeys, because of their low weight. But after some rich owners were accused of kidnapping children from South Asia, the incredibly rich Arabs decided to order new “jockeys” for their races in Switzerland.
Now, these camel jockey robots have become famous under the name “Kamala”. They are controlled by remote control, at the touch of a button, the jockey beats the camel with a whip. Swiss technology companies have already launched a big business in this direction, constantly improving robot jockey for camel racing.
Camel racing sport of sheiks
New technology at international competitions.
Sports competitions involving camels are very popular in Arab countries, attracting the attention of hundreds of thousands of fans of excitement around the world. rich people and members of royal families spend millions of “oil” dollars on the cultivation, development, and maintenance of camels. It is not for nothing that they say about this sport all over the world: “Camel racing sport of sheiks”.
Every year, more than 6,000 camels from the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and other countries take part in the annual Al-Shahaniya festival.
Prizes include gold and silver daggers in addition to the HH Emir sword, which is awarded to the winner of the final event of the festival – HH The Main Race. The festival is held under the auspices of the organizing committee of the race and His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim bin Faisal Al Thani.
Robot camel jockeys
The main difference between modern camel racing and other similar competitions is that the riders are not real people, but artificial robot camel jockeys. During the race, the owners of the animals drive jeeps nearby and use the remote control to control the blows of the whip on the animal.
Robot jockey camel racing
A similar rule has been in place since 2005. It was in that year that the international community found out that camel owners brought children from India and Pakistan, and used them as riders because of their lightweight and small stature. No one agreed to cancel the competition, so the live riders were replaced with their camel racing robot copies.
An interesting fact from the history of robot camel jockeys.
The developers of the new technology did not immediately realize that the robot needed to be made humanoid, otherwise the camels would be scared. Therefore, the first models for camel racing, unlike people, did not take root.
Camel jockey robots of the second generation had faces, sunglasses, hats, clothes; moreover, they even smelled like people! At the same time, they were very “wear-resistant”, they were not afraid of high temperatures, sand, or shaking. Only one thing prevented these robots from being perfect – their weight, which reached 18 kg. This did not become a serious problem on the way of technological progress: the Swiss company K-Team developed new models, three-kilogram ones, more than 10 years ago. They are much smaller than humans, but resemble funny little men.