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    You can thank 1940s sex symbol Hedy Lamarr for today's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices

    Whenever you use your cellphone, Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth headset, you have actress Hedy Lamarr to thank.

    Lamarr, born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna in 1913, starred in classic films such as "Samson and Delilah" (1949), "Boom Town" (1940), "The Conspirators" (1944) and the Czechoslovakian film "Ecstasy" (1933), in which she famously became the first actress to simulate an orgasm on film.




    But Lamarr's greatest long-term contribution to society was not as an actress but as an inventor. She and composer George Antheil co-invented early techniques for spread-spectrum communications and frequency hopping, technologies that were used for military communication for decades and which now form the core of many of today's most popular wireless devices.

    The story of Lamarr and her invention is detailed in the new book "Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World" by Richard Rhodes, released this week by Doubleday.

    Lamarr saw the danger in the rise of the Nazi party while married to her first husband, Austrian arms manufacturer Friedrich Mandle, in the 1930s. She escaped that marriage and moved to California where she became a Hollywood star and began her practice of inventing things during the long wait between shots.

    "Hedy invented as a hobby," Rhodes writes in his book. "Since she made two or three movies a year, each one taking a month to shoot, she had spare time to fill. She didn't drink and she didn't like to party, so she took up inventing." She set up a drafting table to form an "inventor's corner" in her Hollywood home.

    Few of her ideas moved to fruition, but in 1940 the sinking of a cruise ship by Nazi U-boats inspired her to action. She came up with the idea of a radio signal that would "hop around from radio frequency to radio frequency," which would prevent it from being jammed, allowing torpedoes to be safely guided by radio from nearby airplanes, Rhodes recently told NPR.

    Lamarr and co-inventor Antheil were granted a patent for their "secret communication system" on Aug. 11, 1942. They gave the patent at no cost to the U.S. Navy, but the military sat on the idea and did not implement it until the 1960s, long after the patent had expired.

    The secret communication system was not Lamarr's only contribution to the war effort. She also raised more than $25 million by promoting the sale of war bonds.
    You can thank 1940s sex symbol Hedy Lamarr for today's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices | MNN - Mother Nature Network



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    Re:You can thank 1940s sex symbol Hedy Lamarr for today's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices

    Sounds more like a copyright troll to me.



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    Re: You can thank 1940s sex symbol Hedy Lamarr for today's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth device

    It's not Hedy, it's Hedley. Hedley Lamarr.


    read this post quickly - it might not last long

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    Re: You can thank 1940s sex symbol Hedy Lamarr for today's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth device

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyballz View Post
    It's not Hedy, it's Hedley. Hedley Lamarr.
    "The Sheriffs n%&$#r"



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    Re: You can thank 1940s sex symbol Hedy Lamarr for today's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth device

    Here play with this...




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    Re: You can thank 1940s sex symbol Hedy Lamarr for today's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth device

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyballz View Post
    It's not Hedy, it's Hedley. Hedley Lamarr.
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoM-ZC7uNnc]Pledge to Hedley Lamarr - YouTube[/ame]



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    Re: You can thank 1940s sex symbol Hedy Lamarr for today's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth device

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyballz View Post
    It's not Hedy, it's Hedley. Hedley Lamarr.

    What the hell are you worried about? This is 1874. You'll be able to sue her.



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    Re: You can thank 1940s sex symbol Hedy Lamarr for today's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth device

    Ditto.



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