A new documentary delves deep into the life and mind of iconic Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr – who, back in 1941, filed a patent for ‘frequency-hopping’ technology which would eventually come to be considered as the precursor to modern-day WiFi.
Ms Lamar, who is best known for her leading roles in popular 1940s films such as Algiers and Sampson and Delilah, lived a fascinating life, but her contribution to technology is often overlooked by the media and the general public.
The documentary film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, which was release towards the end of last year, looks into how Ms Lamar laid the very foundations for much of the modern-day technology we now take for granted.
Ms Lamar’s original patent described a “secret communication system” which was originally intended to benefit the likes of radio-guided torpedoes. Astonishingly, once passed over to the US Navy, the patent was ignored for decades before computing companies adopted the fabric of her ideas as a constituent part of WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth many years later.
The actress, whose technical mind is today considered her greatest legacy, once famously said: “Inventions are easy for me to do. I don’t have to work on ideas, they come naturally.”
Today, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS are all common staples of the modern-day smartphone – and WiFi in particular is relied upon by anyone from teenagers wanting to keep in touch with their friends via social media, to businessmen waiting on that all-important conference call which could make or break a deal.
WiFi is the thread that holds our lives together and nowhere is this truer than in the events industry – where top-notch connectivity helps to ensure everything runs smoothly for both organisers, and for their guests.
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