Local Student's Device Helping Pitchers

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A local middle school student has invented a baseball training device for pitchers.

Thirteen-year-old Nick Anglin, who is going into eighth grade at Sutherland Middle School, realized last year at a summer makers camp that there was a problem for younger little league pitchers learning how to pitch accurately in the strike zone.

So he built a four-by-five frame with 11 sensors and lasers horizontally and seven vertically.

"They just said pick a hobby of yours and incorporate technology with it," said Anglin.

He programmed an Arduino to the sensors to create a working prototype of a 28-inch strike zone. When a baseball breaks both the horizontal and vertical lasers, a red strike light illuminates. When it only breaks one of the lasers, a green ball light flashes.

"It's really cool as a teacher to drop a lot of this stuff out and just say 'Alright let's figure out the problem you want to solve.'" said Eric Bredder who is Anglin's teacher at Sutherland.

Anglin learned a lot in this process.

"How to code an Arduino, a micro controller. How lasers work and how the wiring works to plug into the bread boarder and the Arduino," he said.

Anglin attended the Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education at the White House last week. At this event, he got a shout out from first lady Michelle Obama.

He also won an award from the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council as the best in show at an event for entrepreneurs of all ages.

Anglin said it cost him $67 to make the device and he plans on selling it for $120.

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