Engineers have designed a robot that accurately throws footballs to players at various distances. Currently, it is challenging for athletes to practice catching while at home. The “Seeker” robot provides consistent routines and practices for players to stay sharp.
The Seeker robot can shoot every nine seconds with a speed of up to 75 mph. It has two modes: manual and robotic. Manual mode allows the user to select the exact destination and speed of the ball throw. The robotic mode uses a tracker that players attach to their hip. The device tracks the player location, speed, and acceleration to calculate the direction and speed of the next throw.
“You can do any punt, kick or pass at the click of a button at any speed, body position or arc,” said Sawyer Theisen, business development director at Monarc.
Many athletes are learning to train independently. Robotics will keep players at their optimal potential while also helping to maintain social distancing.