Colleges, even the Ivy League superstars, love to seem cool as a lure to future students. So Dartmouth has got to be preening over the fact that the robotic football tackling dummy developed by the Thayer School of Engineering and Football Coach Buddy Teevens ’will show up Thursday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
As Dartmouth Now says: “The motorized prototype looks like an ordinary tackling dummy but is wheeled, self-righting, and remotely controlled. Future models will more closely resemble an actual player and have pre-programmed routes and drills. The MVP can be used in a variety of drills, from tackling and blocking to running and passing, allowing players to make full contact while minimizing head, neck, and other injuries.”