What the number one concern that NFL players, and coaches have, are the fatal injuries and possible concussions that their players get with the tough physical impact between another football player. Not only could possible physical injuries happen during the actual games, but they could also happen during training and practice. That is why, the professional American football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are experimenting with robots, to try to replace some of their players that are used during practices. These are training robots, that help their players practice their physical skills specifically made for tackling action, which was probably a rough action to perform on a real person. The real question here is, will these training robots actually help the Pittsburgh Steelers or any other American football team help them on their game performance?
MVP may look like just a regular punching bag or something, but actually it is fully equipped and has a purpose.
According to Oregonlive.com, "The MVP was initially developed and implemented at Dartmouth College after coach Buddy Teevens banned live tackling during practices. The engineers at Dartmouth created the MVP, which has the ability to cut, weave, stop and start - with varying speeds." In the beginning, this robot was only used for college football training, but as coaches began to realize how beneficial this robot came to be, they began to introduce it to the professional football teams in this case, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Also, Oregonlive.com, they state, "It's a great tool from a tackling tech standpoint," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "In today's NFL, with player safety the focus that it is, I think it's going to provide opportunities to improve in that area without the hand-to-hand or man-to-man combat associated with that teaching." Watching a robot flying around the field takes some getting used to, but the players say they're adjusting, especially since the robot doesn't get tired of running.
"It's faster than we think, faster than it looks," defensive end Stephon Tuitt said. "You realize it's fast when you have to catch up to it. You have to keep running."
Like I said, this idea might seem a little bit over the line, but referring to the MVP that is helping the Pittsburgh Steelers, we will just have to wait and see if the is robot has actually helped them improve on their performance during the games? Will they be better in general? Or will they improve on JUST on their tackling skills, because that is what the MVP is made for? Will they possibly do worse than how they were usually performing? I guess, we will just have to see and wait for the results of the MVP!
Now, the advancement of technology has allowed there to be more robots and drones that are able to perform certain tasks. It also seems like there are more things that robots are able to do for your own personal care. Do you have a battery stuck in your stomach? Do you have a wound that needs to be patched in one of your organs? How about if you need a particular medicine to be carried to one of your intestines? Well, that seems like it is no problem for the "edible robot," that the scientists at the University of MIT have designed and created. By the appearance of this microscopically small robot, it seems like it cannot do anything. In fact, I bet you can get mistaken by this robot, thinking it is an insect.
You take this "robot," that is folded up inside of a capsule, that you take by mouth, like an ordinary pill. The "robot" is has a coating of ice inside of the capsule, so once it has entered your body, the ice melts by the esophagus' heat (in your throat). Basically, since this robot is in the size of a pill formed like an origami, once it has entered your digestive system, it unfolds into its regular size to get ready into action. Once after the robot has been attached to for example, a battery, the robot and the battery make itself go through the digestive system, and is thrown out by the human body in solid waste form.
You can check out this video above created by the University of MIT, that will help you understand more of the robot that they created.
According to USAtoday.com, they state, '“[A researcher] bought a piece of ham, and he put the battery on the ham,” Rus said in a statement. “Within half an hour, the battery was fully submerged in the ham. So that made me realize that, yes, this is important. If you have a battery in your body, you really want it out as soon as possible.”' This particular robot uses a magnetic field system, and so this means that for example, when a particular battery is stuck in one of your intestines, the robot is quickly attracted to what it is looking for.
It is called, the "edible robot" because for once, this robot is particularly designed to be eaten, or to be swallowed past by. Not only that, but this robot can also transport certain medicines to intestines that regular medicine taken by mouth cannot take to.
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