Karl Frelherr von Drais was born in Karlsruhe, Germany back in 1785. Sorry but I cannot find any information about his parents, schooling or anything until 1812. He died in 1851, he was 66 years young. So, let’s get to it shall we.
Karl was an inventor, in 1812 he invented the (“running machine”) nicknamed the hobby horse or dandy horse. It was the earliest form of a bicycle, without pedals. He also invented the earliest typewriter with a keyboard (1821), the first meat grinder and a cooking device he called the haybox. One would cook the food to the boiling point place it in the haybox, over a period of time, the food items cook by the heat captured in the insulated container. In 1842, he developed a foot-driven human powered railway vehicle he called the “draisine”. In the United States, they are known as speeder or handcars. They are still in use to this day.
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