Augmented Reality: Stan Honey’s Impact on Sports Events and Navigation

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm          

Location: SEMI 

This main meeting runs from the 7-9pm.  Our Autonomous Vehicles SIG (AV-SIG) meeting runs from 6-7pm – see details below.

The yellow first-down line in broadcast football games first caused a sensation 20 years ago.  The real-time dynamic graphics overlaid onto San Francisco Bay during the 19 races of the 2013 America’s Cup were as dramatic as Oracle Team USA’s come-from-behind win over Emirates Team New Zealand.  The man responsible for leading the teams that developed this technology is Stan Honey.

Stan is also one of the most successful professional navigators in sailing, having won the Volvo Ocean Race around the world, having set the Jules Verne record for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the world, and having set multiple 24-hour TransAtlantic, TransPacific and single-handed sailing records as navigator.  Honey was awarded the 2010 US Sailing Yachtsman of the Year Award, and was named to the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2012.

In this talk, Stan Honey will discuss his career of navigation-related adventures, including the 1980s ETAK auto navigation system, the inventions he has spearheaded that have provided Emmy-winning augmented reality for sporting events, the use of Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS satellite navigation in some of those systems, and his experience in circumnavigating the globe under sail in 48 days non-stop.

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About the speaker, Stan Honey
of Honey Navigation

Stan Honey was a research engineer at SRI International when he met Nolan Bushnell, who provided seed money based on Stan’s vision of a vehicle navigation system.  Thus was born ETAK, Inc. in 1983, which developed a pioneering vehicle navigation system using digital map databases, a heading-up map display and map-matching navigation.

Honey later founded Sportvision, Inc. (now SMT) where he led developments that have made a huge impact on the way sports broadcasts are seen and enjoyed, starting in the mid-1990s with the FoxTrax hockey puck and the Yellow 1st & Ten® first-down line.  These early augmented reality systems led to other innovations, including the ESPN “K-Zone” baseball pitch tracking and highlighting system, the RACEf/x™ tracking and highlighting system used in NASCAR, and the display of competitive information on the ice or water surface during Olympic competitions.

Stan’s innovations achieved a new echelon in 2013 with the LiveLine system to track the America’s Cup catamarans from up to two helicopters, and superimpose graphics elements such as ahead-behind lines and laylines on live footage of the race.  He is a Yale and Stanford electrical engineer who has won three Emmys for Technical Innovations in Sports TV, and who is the inventor on 30 patents in navigation and graphics.  Stan and his wife Sally Lindsay Honey own Honey Navigation.  Sally is a two-time yachtswoman of the year, having won numerous sailing championships.  The SailMail Association of which they are co-founders provides terrestrial HF radio-based worldwide email to over 2400 vessels.

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Early SIG meeting schedule:

6:00 PM – SIG Meeting (CNSV Special Interest Group) :
Note: Free Registration includes Main and SIG meetings but, you MUST register. (See Ticket Info, above)

Autonomous Vehicles SIG (AV-SIG): SEMI and Autonomous Vehicles

Jonathan Davis, Global Vice President of Advocacy at SEMI, will provide a brief introduction to SEMI, with a focus on its current activities in emerging technology areas such as Autonomous Vehicles and IoT.

Following this talk, AV-SIG Chair Ioannis Kanellakopoulos will lead a discussion about current advances in the field of Autonomous Vehicles.  If you are interested in joining the CNSV AV-SIG listserver, please email Ioannis at