Inventor and former NASA / Apple engineer Mark Rober is back at it again, but it’s not a glitter bomb this time. What better way to celebrate Super Bowl weekend than by creating a robot capable of kicking the longest field goal? So, Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater invited Rober to Ford Field to see if a robot can beat his 64 yard NFL world record. To accomplish this, the robot would need immense leg speed and a perfect point of impact on the ball. Read more for a video and additional information.
This robot’s basic mechanism consists of a hub attached to a free-rotating axel, onto which the kicking leg replica was attached. The front end was then equipped with a winch, and a spring in the back, both of which were attached to the axel. In other words, when the winch is pulled down, the leg would move back, and the spring stretches out, with a quick-release cord then triggering the rapid kicking motion. Let’s just say that it gets the job done, but not in the best way possible.
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