Last year’s Super Bowl was witnessed by well over 100 million people around the world. It’s the most celebrated sporting event in the U.S. Those of us at Intellectual Ventures’ headquarters in Washington will argue that football is best celebrated here in Seattle, with our amazing Seahawks and in the company of the twelves. And while we’ll be watching Sunday’s game for the raw talent of Wilson, Sherman, and Lynch, there are a few innovations that we #SeahawksScience geeks will be watching for, too. Take a look at some of the technologies, sciences, and discoveries that have helped evolve the sport through the years.
Instant replay technology was first introduced to football during a monumental game between Army and Navy in 1963. 29-year-old Tony Verna, who was directing the game broadcast that day, used his washer/dryer-sized Ampex tape machine to let viewers re-watch the most important plays.
The first NFL football helmet was a soft leather style. Over the decades, football helmets transitioned into a more advanced model, taking both safety and comfort into account. Today, some helmets are designed to detect concussions and help deter other injuries.Read the full story »