The National Inventors Hall of Fame recently revealed their 2018 class of inductees, and among this year’s honorees are a number of important consumer technology innovators. The full class of individuals will be honored during a two-day event held in May in Washington, DC.
The 2018 class includes the inventors of Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) tech, Multiple-Input Multiple Output (MIMO) wireless technology, and the Virtual Yellow 1st & 10 line.
Here’s a little bit info on each of the technologies and the individuals being recognized, as provided in a statement by the National Inventors Hall of Fame:
- Ching Wan Tang and Steven Van Slyke: Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED). Chemists Ching Wan Tang and Steven Van Slyke pioneered the organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, an advance in flat-screen displays found in computers, cellphones and televisions that provides increased power efficiency, longer battery life and improved display quality. Products incorporating OLED displays are among the hottest in the consumer electronics market.
- Arogyaswami Paulraj: MIMO Wireless Technology. Paulraj’s wireless technology has revolutionized broadband wireless Internet access for billions of people worldwide. MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) improves both transmission data rates and expands network coverage. It is the essential foundation for all current (Wi-Fi and 4G mobile) and future broadband wireless communications.
- Stan Honey: Sports Broadcast Graphic Enhancements A pioneer in the field of sports television graphics, Stan Honey has transformed the viewing experience of millions of sports fans. Honey and his team created the Virtual Yellow 1st & Ten® line— which has been hailed as one of the most important developments in the history of sports broadcast technology. Work conducted by Honey and his team led to other graphic enhancements in sports including baseball, hockey, NASCAR and sailing.
“I am thrilled to join such an inspiring organization that honors the past and challenges the future,” Steven Van Slyke, co-inventor of the organic light-emitting diode (OLED), said in the statement. “I am honored that Ching Tang and I are receiving this recognition. I am even more humbled to stand alongside my fellow National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees who have made the world better through their world-changing innovations.”
For full biographies of each Inductee, visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame website.