MVP, A Mobile Robot Tackling Dummy Designed to Take a Beating During Football Drills

Engineering students at Dartmouth College have created the MVP (Mobile Virtual Player), a mobile robot tackling dummy that is “designed to take a beating during football drills.”

The MVP is the first ever self-righting (will stand right back up) mobile training dummy. Controlled with a remote, and powered by a motor, this innovative device can move at the speed of your opponent (~5 second 40-yard dash), while weighing over 140 pounds.

By simulating human motion, the MVP allows players to practice tackling, cutting around, throwing at, and blocking a mobile target. We are developing a suite of MVPs that can be used for football, rugby, on grass and on turf, and for all ages and abilities. (read more)