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.
Statistics is clear – one of every eight children who play rugby is likely to get injured in the process of games and practices. And the most sensitive phase which is most associated with injuries are the tackles and collisions. The dilemma how to make rugby safer occupies the minds of pretty much whole members of the rugby society – parents, coaches, managers, doctors and policy makers.
To this we try to respond with a new training apparatus that helps the kids learn to make proper tackles in safe and realistic environment.
The Rugby Tackle Machine – Rutamb simulates the motion of a side stepping ball carrier. It moves the tackle bag straight for two and a half meters. After that it makes a 90 degrees turn to the left or right and after two meters with another 90 degrees turn it heads forward again. Once the Tackle Machine’s development is completed, the process will happen with realistic speed set according to the personal characteristic of every different child.
The left or right turn of the tackle bag will be determined by the coach or randomly selected by the mobile application for using the machine. The dummy itself will be made of foam and therefore will be extremely light. This will contribute to the high speed of the dummy and will make it harmless to the kids.
What this means is that soon kids will have a mean to practice tackles not one against another (it is not up to us to say whether the old exercises should be excluded) but against a movable dummy. This will help children gain experience much faster than in the recent circumstances. Gaining experience to tackle against a movable dummy means the children will be better prepared for full scale collisions. This must reduce the injury rate significantly and help grass root rugby become even more attractive.