The Future Is Now: Notre Dame is Using Robotic Tackling Dummies (Video)

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In an effort to cut down on injuries and turn their practice field into a bizarre dystopian nightmare, Notre Dame has employed the use of robotic padded tackling dummies in their drills.

Though the robots look kinda (ok, REALLY) stupid, they’re technically impressive, weighing 180 pounds and reaching speeds of up to 18 miles an hour. You don’t need to be a physicist to realize that combination of speed and size could actually do some damage, padded or not.

Here’s a clip of the remote controlled dummies in action:

@ndfootball gets ready for the season by tackling robots #BRxND

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About their value, head coach Brian Kelly said, “They’re worth their weight in gold,” leaving us all to believe that he’s in love with the robotic tackling dummies.

Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]

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