Using a bionic hand, Hailey Dawson threw out the first World Series pitch

World Series
SportsCenter Twitter
Hailey Dawson of Las Vegas loves baseball, and she had a dream – to throw out the first pitch at a major league baseball game. And on Saturday, her dream came true, and it was bigger than she could have ever imagined.

Hailey was born with a rare birth defect called Poland Syndrome, which left her with only a thumb and little finger on her right hand. Scientists at the nearby UNLV created a prosthetic hand that allows her to throw a baseball. As Sport Techie detailed, the prosthetics that she wears are created with a Stratasys 3D printer.

She has six different hands that she wears, including a white presidential one that she wore for a visit to the White House and a visit with Barack Obama. One of the big advantages of 3D printing is the ability to quickly produce updated models, a necessity for a growing child.

“Additive manufacturing has made it possible to provide low-cost prosthetic devices for children like Hailey,” Brendan O’Toole of UNLV told TechCrunch. “We can now make a few measurements of a child’s hand, process them through our custom design tool that generates 37 CAD models in a few minutes, and then have printed parts ready the next day.”

Advances in 3D printing are allowing major breakthroughs in the world of medicine, with researchers able to create devices in minutes that previously took months.

After the Sports Techie story broke, a video on the sports site Bleacher Report outlined her dream of throwing out the first pitch at all 30 MLB ballparks. The video quickly went viral, and invitations from major league clubs from across the country began pouring in. After throwing out first pitches for the Orioles and Nationals games, the call came. She was invited to The Big Show.

When she got off the plane in Houston, there were hundreds of people there to greet her. “She was shocked,” Yong Dawson, Hailey’s mother, told Yahoo Sports. Before the game, Hailey scored some swag and got to meet several baseball legends, including Mariano Rivera and Justin Verlander.

Sporting a brand-new gold and blue hand emblazoned with “Vegas Strong” and “UNLV,” Hailey threw the first pitch to Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and the Houston crowd erupted.

Hailey had thrown at the first two ballparks underhanded, but this time she really wanted to try a proper overhand pitch. “We want her to throw it underhand. But she’s got it in her head to throw overhand,” her mother said. “She wants to so bad.”

Hailey opted for an underhand toss, but with 27 more MLB stadiums on her list, she’ll have plenty of chances to try it out.

Giveaways

Print your heart’s desire: Enter our giveaway to win a free Monoprice 3D printer

We’re giving away a $400 Monoprice MP Voxel 3D Printer. It's easy to use, especially for beginners, with its simple menu system and touchscreen display. It comes fully assembled so you can spend more time printing instead of setting up.
Digital Trends Live

Twitch streamer Fuslie gives a glimpse of her life and future plans

Today, we welcomed Twitch streamer Fuslie to talk about how her career goals shifted from becoming a veterinarian to a full-time streamer. Also, she shared what her future plans are for streaming and created content.
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to endangered cats

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Emerging Tech

Makerbot is back with a new 3D printer that’s faster and more precise than ever

MakerBot's new Method 3D printer aims to bridge the gap between home 3D printers and more industrial 3D printing tech. Here are a few of the tantalizing things you can expect from it.
Emerging Tech

Warm ski beanie instantly hardens into a head-protecting helmet upon impact

Wool hats are way more comfortable than hard helmets. You know what they're not? Safer. That could soon change, thanks to an innovative new ski beanie which instantly hardens upon impact.
Deals

Take to the skies with these 5 drones on sale for under $50

On the hunt for some cool tech for under $50? We've rounded up 5 drones under $50 that you can still get before Christmas. These models are great for kids, adults, and anyone just getting started with drones.
Emerging Tech

With this robotic garage, retrieving your car is like using a vending machine

Remembering where we parked our cars can be a real pain. But what if our cars came to find us, rather than the other way around? A new automated robot parking valet system aims to help.
Cars

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Emerging Tech

A lidar-equipped truck knows exactly how much de-icer to apply on roads

Lidar is best known as the laser-based technology that helps self-driving cars sense their surroundings. But the city of Knoxville has another, more seasonal use for it: De-icing roads.
Emerging Tech

This unusual nature-inspired robot is equally at home on land or in the water

This intriguing, nature-inspired robot may look unusual, but it's impressively capable of moving on both land and water without problem. Heck, it can even travel on ice if necessary.
Emerging Tech

This cryptocurrency wallet for kids isn’t nearly as stupid as it sounds

So you’ve taught your 6-year-old child to read, write, and play nice with others. What’s next? Give them a base understanding of cryptocurrency, of course. This Kickstarter aims to help.
Emerging Tech

Light, speed: Lighting kit for DJI Mavic 2 lets you fly and film in the dark

Lume Cube, maker of small battery-powered LED lights for mobile photography, has announced a new lighting kit built specifically for the DJI Mavic 2 -- the first of its kind. Already our favorite drone, this makes the Mavic 2 even better.