Kid to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game through a telepresence robot

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Throwing the first pitch at a big-league baseball game is something most of us can only dream about. But thanks to technology, one 13-year-old boy named Nick LeGrande will throw out the first pitch for a Major League Baseball game from 1800 miles away. It will be the first time that someone has remotely thrown a pitch via a telepresence robot.

Nick will throw the first pitch of Wednesday night's game at the Coliseum between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees from his home in Kansas City, Missouri, thanks to telerobotic pitching machine connected through Google Fiber.

Recently, Nick’s big-league dreams were put on hold after he was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening blood disorder known as Aplastic Anemia. Oakland A’s reliever Ryan Cook, who will catch the pitch, worked with Google to give Nick this awesome opportunity after learning that Nick’s plight stopped him from playing baseball games.

[Google Fiber via SFGate]

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