We submitted patent applications for our key markets

Great News, we entered the National Phase stage in every country we see as a potential market for Rutamb. This means that we submitted our patent application at the Intellectual Property bodies in every country we regard as a priority market, including (but not only) The Rugby Championship nations, the Six Nation countries, The United States and Canada.

If we obtain the patents, we shall have a monopoly over the technology for 20 years. Every Tackle Machine legally produced or sold will be made by us or by licensed manufacturers. And thus we shall set a brave new way tackles are practiced.

The Tackle Machine will provide school rugby teams with the opportunity to learn proper tackling skills without the risk of injuries. The sensors placed around the machine, on and in the dummy will provide data which will be analyzed by artificial intelligence and by any willing client in order to determine the best approaches against the next game’s opposition. It will help coaches to see which players are best prepared and track the progress of each of them in the long term.

The Tackle Machine will be available in different versions – basic, junior’s, and professional which will include any element of the Internet of things. For the parents of little players there will be special, home version which will suit perfectly in a standard backyard.

The journey is just starting. If you wish to join us or follow us, you are very welcome. We are open for partnerships and pre-orders. Just get in touch with us for a discussion.

Why the tackling machines are not popular but this is about to change

We have all seen how dense the modern rugby is with missed tackles. Yet, we still don’t have a training apparatus that helps the players improve their tackling skills. All exercises and methods developed so far provide either realism or safety. This means that if the coaches want to reduce the risk all exercises they pick will bear a big dose of artificialness while the realistic ones usually involve at least two people. And when they combine the tackling attempts with the side steps and hand offs for many times, the risk of injury becomes significant.

But why after so many years of sports innovations the most we have developed so far are the tackle bags? The truth is that tackling machines have occupied the minds of inventors for more than 80 years and there are more than ten patents in that area. The bad news is that while they are innovative and industrially applicable they all suffer some vice that prevents them from market success.

The pictures below show some of the patents in that area. All of them have in common one of the two things: they either project a straight trajectory for the dummy or have propping pillars to balance the weight of the dummy at its final point. What this means is that we have to choose again between the safety and realism. At least until now.

The problem of all older patents is that they provide either safety or realism but never both of them.

Our Tackling machine goes further than any attempt before and combines S-shaped trajectory of the dummy that imitates the side steps with realistic speed and safety for the defenders.

How we achieve that?

We set the fork-shaped tubular element which determines the trajectory of the dummy outside of the support frame structure and balance the weight at the end of the branches using turnbuckles instead of pillars. This way we create a safe working zone for the practicing players. They can tackle the dummy with full speed and strength without the concern of crashing into a pillar or another person. The dummy itself is super light, made of foam and can’t cause any harm either.

Our tackling machine provides realistic and unpredictable trajectory of the tackle bag with speed of a real player and a safe working zone where tackles can take place without fear of injuries.

To make a super light dummy proved to be a good Idea because of these reasons:

1 The aim of the exercise is to intercept the opponent not to smash him or her although it is possible too.
2 By reducing the weight of the dummy we made possible to raise its speed up to 35 or even 40 kilometers per hour which brings extreme realism compared to the maneuvers of the fastest rugby players in the world.

3 Having a light dummy means we need a lighter platform too. It is not fixed to a particular place on the field or in the gym. Instead it can be moved by small number of players anywhere which means it will not harm the grass and does not require artificial turf.

4 It is easy to assemble and disassemble? It can also be installed on a scrum machine or it can even be upgraded with the elements that allow it to serve as a scrum machine in addition to its main utility.

5 The shuttle inside the fork shaped tubular element can easily return to starting position and be reloaded with another dummy if the previous tackling attempt has been successful. It means fast charging and many iterations of the exercise in short periods of time.
6 The tackling machine is safe to be used by children and teenagers.

7 It can be purchased by individual users and placed in their backyards.

All these factors make allow our Tackling machine to bring the tackling practices to unseen before combination of safety and realism.

Yes, there is the Dartmouth’s MVP but we regard our product not as a competition to the EMVP but as something that provides a different utility. Therefore, it can be matched with the MVP for the full range of exercises. Besides, there are many differences which in some aspects are in our favor and they can easily be noticed by reading the 7 points above.

Nevertheless, our price will be significantly lower.