The NFL has been plagued with injuries and more alarming, concussions, for many years now. The League has been trying out several different ways to curb injuries and concussions and here's one way that could change everything: MVP - The Mobile Virtual Player.
Developed by Buddy Teevens, the head football coach at Dartmouth, and three Dartmouth engineers, the MVP robot is controlled from the sidelines in order for players to practice with a lower risk of injury.
MVP can take the hits, run close to 40 yards in five seconds with a top speed of 18 miles per hour and its battery lasts up to two and a half hours, or the length of a typical practice.
So far, players and coaches are liking their new teammate. Arthur Moats told CNN Money he's OK with a robot taking his job. "I personally love it because I don't have to run around and be that dummy. It saves us from having to take the hit."
Only a few teams have access to MVP - The Pittsburgh Steelers, both men's and women's Olympic Rugby teams and a few universities across the country are among the beta testers. But that doesn't mean we won't see an MVP at your kid's next football practice. The report from CNN Money says the full product line will be released in January 2017.
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