Google’s Highspeed Internet Helps Baseball Fan Throw MLB Pitch From Miles Away [Video]
13 year old boy pitches the first ball from a different city using a telerobot and Google Fiber.
Nick LeGrande is a 13 years old Kansas City Little Leaguer and a baseball fanatic. He also was recently diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a life-threatening disorder that means his bone marrow is no longer reproducing. With a compromised immune system, Nick is no longer allowed to play baseball due to the crowds and threat of infection. But last week, Nick, with the help of of Google Fiber and a telerobot, threw the most important pitch of his life, the ceremonial first pitch at an Oakland A’s – Yankees game, 1,800 miles away.
Kansas City is the home base of Fiber, the tech company’s incredibly fast internet provider (100 x faster than other ISPs). On a hunt to prove how their service can ‘help lives,’ the Google team ended up at the Children’s Mercy Hospital, where they met Nick and heard his story. The company built a small replica version of a baseball diamond at the Fiber HQ and equipped it with motion sensor cameras and a screen. From there, Nick would throw the first telerobotic pitch in Major League Baseball history.
His motions were captured by the camera and transmitted to the bot via Fiber, and the robotic arm then replicated Nick’s first pitch to a standing ovation from the crowd. It was a touching moment where technology and humanity came together to make a little boy feel better.
See the video below of Nick’s story: