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At Notre Dame, Football Goes Robotic

At Notre Dame, Football Goes Robotic


(Robot whirring) – My name is Zoe Dingeman. (Robot whirring) I play football for Notre Dame. (Suspenseful music) Robotic football. (suspenseful music) – [Narrator] At the
University of Notre Dame, football is a big deal. In the basement halls of
the engineering school, a group of students are
turning their beloved sport into science. (upbeat music) – The Robotic Football
Club is an engineering club with students from a variety of different engineering majors that work together to design, build, fabricate,
and play with robots. (chattering) – You may not think it,
but robotic football actually is a lot like real football. Our goal in this club is to
make the game as comparable to human football as possible. We have, for example, a
quarterback that can throw a ball. We have wide receivers
that can catch the ball. We have offensive linemen,
defensive linemen. Offensive linemen on the kickoff team, Connor and Michelle, I
want you hitting people on the kickoff. Robotic football is
definitely a contact sport. You’re trying to hit
the other team’s robots as hard as you can, and so you need to build
designs that are robust that can handle that sort of stress that they’re constantly placed under. (upbeat music) – [Narrator] From it’s
founding six years ago, the club’s roster now boasts
20 robot football players at a variety of positions, all controlled and driven by 35 humans on the sideline. – [Zoe] This is RPM, it’s
our first-string quarterback and it’s a really interesting robot. It uses semi-autonomous
features to scan the field and find the receiver
that it’d like to pass to. Once it does that, it can look
at the size of the receiver and know how far it should
throw the ball to it. This is Terabyte and
it’s our running back. It’s really great at finding
the gap to go down the field and get a touchdown. Irish Chocolate is one of our linebackers and it makes a lot of really
great open-field tackles. This is Justin Unit and it’s our kicker. It can accurately kick the
ball between two and 60 feet. This is one of the most
precise robots on our team. (Celebratory music) – [Narrator] Notre Dame
competes against three other Midwest colleges in a
tournament held each spring, but it takes a full school year to prepare for that gauntlet. In the fall semester, the
team recruits new members and trains them for a one-off scrimmage with another college’s team. This year, their fall opponent
is Valparaiso University, and they’re not leaving
anything to chance. In the week before the game, they’re running practice drills, they’re learning the playbook, and they’re watching tape, just like any other football team. – [Brendan] This is
basically the culmination of all this work you’ve put in in the shop with these robots, building them, repairing them, designing them. And you’re going out
and basically watching your engineering put to the test. Irish on three. One, two, three. – [Team] Irish. (applauding) (upbeat music) – [Zoe] The rules of robotic
football are very similar to that of human football,
so we follow NCAA rules to the best of our ability. There are two 20 minute halves for a game, with a 10 minute half time, so it’s a very quick-paced game. (cheering) – [Team] Yes. There we go. – [Zoe] These robots
take a lot of big hits (robots crashing) – We have a backup for every robot, just in case one breaks down. (yelling) – [Announcer] This cannot be good. – [Zoe] So, if the quarterback breaks down and we pull it off and put
the second-string one in, and the pit-crew will work on it and try and fix it as quickly as possible. (suspenseful music) – [Narrator] With their starting
quarterback back in the game after a quick medical
break, the Robotic Irish fight to hold their narrow
lead but can’t score. A touchdown and an extra point will snatch victory from Notre Dame. – [Team] This is the
game, this is the game. Come on, come on, come on, come on. Got it, got it, got it, got it. (Cheering) – [Zoe] The goal of this
is to grow it to be a truly national competition, where we can have multiple conferences
competing for the trophy. – [Narrator] One day, this
could be a real sport, or maybe it already is. – [Team] Irish on three. One, two, three. Irish. – [Brendan] This is
basically real football, it’s just not humans playing it. (suspenseful music)

Comments (58)

  1. 0:30 dude perfect guy

  2. 0:11–0:13 nerdy ladybonersqeeuz!

  3. Not a sport, a game

  4. You should see their water polo team!

  5. That is for pussys play some real football nerds

  6. All I can think about is how back to the future got everything right…

  7. Look up first robotics and interview the team spartronics 4915

  8. Who else loves Notre Dame and the Great Big Story?

  9. Thats handegg, not football

  10. I love the idea, but will schools offer scholarships to potential robot football team members? Even 20 % off tuition might be an incentive to get the tech orientated students to invest the time for this extracurricular sport.

  11. I play ps4 cod and r6 in esl plz let me control them

  12. This is my science teachers friends granddaughter 😂

  13. Thats pretty cool. Battle bots should do do something like this

  14. My 4th hour teacher went to notre dame and played football there

  15. What if you could play from your couch

  16. What a waste of a play station controller

  17. very interesting. i would love to play this sport

  18. This is actually really cool

  19. Got an ad for football before this

  20. I met Brandon wimbush twice after a real game and at a graduation party

  21. I can say one thing to this video

    rocket league 2020

  22. Lmao idk why im laughing at this but it is really awesome but XD

  23. Brush it ain’t football without the cheerleaders

  24. My sis goes to notre dame

  25. Lol I thought the title meant football as soccer

  26. Thought Rocket League is real.

  27. 0:28 FIT BALL?!?!?!??!?! WTF XDDDD

  28. Its a shame no one outside of America will care about this.

  29. i thought it was the other football

  30. If you don't see the bigger picture and saying it's lame and calling them "nerds" I feel sorry for you cause the last time I check it's the technology age now and guess who build the device you are watching this video in?

  31. 0:30 is that cody from dude perfect???🧐

  32. Why does this game remind me of rocket league??

  33. Is that Cody Jones from dude perfect at 0:31?!?!

  34. I thought it was actual football ⚽️

  35. i thought it was the French notre dame and the British football

  36. Notre Dame > Every other NCAA team

  37. "Robotic football is like real football, Our goal is to…" I'll see myself out.

  38. Anybody else live in south bend Mishawaka

  39. Justin unit. Love it😂

  40. These niggas are not goin to have a normal life

  41. Notre Dame song plays in the distance

  42. Real steel without the boxing

  43. Cool but lame at the same time

  44. hahahahahah ps4 controller

  45. ROCKET LEAGUE, AMERICAN FOOTBALL MODE CONFIRMED

  46. hey where’s the fire

  47. now robotic fire

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