There are many inventions that impact our daily lives so significantly we take them for granted. In many cases, these impactful inventions are so essential to our normal activities we can’t imagine life without the innovation.
For many sports fans, that invention is National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Inductee Stan Honey’s Virtual Yellow 1st and Ten® line. Can you imagine watching a football game without this historic sports invention? If you can recall football games on TV prior to September 27, 1998, then you may remember exactly what it was like without the virtual 1st and Ten line and understand the impact of this innovation, which has been hailed as one of the most important developments in sports broadcast technology.
Put yourself in the game.
You’ve probably experienced the virtual 1st and Ten line while watching a football game on television – but you can take control of the technology and experience it firsthand in the 1st and Ten Line Stadium exhibit, sponsored by SMT, at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum. Put yourself on the field and on TV in this interactive exhibit. Use the technology developed by Honey and his team to take control of the 1st and Ten line to learn exactly how this innovative technology is used on live television. This immersive experience is fun for the whole family!
Who is Stan Honey?
A California native, Honey earned a B.S. in engineering and applied science at Yale University. While working as a research engineer at SRI International, he completed his M.S.E.E. at Stanford University. He then co-founded Etak Inc., a company that pioneered automobile navigation systems and digital mapping that was sold in 1989 to News Corporation, where Honey served as executive vice president of technology from 1993 until co-founding Sportvision in 1998, where he remained until 2003. Honey became an Inductee of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2018. Learn more about Honey, his 31 patents and numerous awards in television graphics and navigation technology and tracking at the NIHF Museum or check out his NIHF bio.