Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Robot Jockeys Of The 1940's
When I was a kid, although I do not remember how old, I once witnessed a form of horse racing that took place in an arena, with small metal boxes painted like jockeys atop small horses. The mechanical riders had metal rods sticking out the back that tapped the horse on its back to spur it on in the race. This post on Paleofuture, featuring an article from the March 1945 edition of Radio Craft, reveals that such an idea arose well before my experience.