We Salute WiFi Pioneer Hedy Lamarr

We Salute WiFi Pioneer Hedy Lamarr 600 438 Cate Triendl

Some people might think you achieved something in life when you manage to build a house, drive a fast car and have a job that earns you a lot. I disagree. 

I claim you’ve succeeded in life when Bob Kane, one of the minds behind DC Comics, bases one of his legendary characters, Catwoman, on you. Or, even better, when you develop the wireless technology that later becomes WiFi and Bluetooth.

In this post, we remember the unmatched actress, inventress and Stampede patroness Hedy Lamarr, who died 18 years ago today. Hedy was known for her unique performances in several movies, probably the most well known being Ecstasy, that lead her to become one of the most remarkable actresses in the 20th century.

Unlike most of today’s actors and pop stars, however, Hedy had a rather unusual way to spend her free time. She had a passion for science and made use of her natural curiosity to develop new innovations, a lot like Catwoman one might think.

Hedy Lamarr had little idea she would make it to Stampede patroness, when she first learned about radio-frequency controlled torpedoes and discovered flaws in the technology. As World War II raged, Hedy understood how easily these wireless systems could be jammed to cause enemy torpedoes to deviate from their predetermined route. In order to prevent that from happening with allied torpedos, she cobbled together a device that would allow the user to hop between frequencies and ensure an impeccable use of the technology. Hedy’s work on the spread spectrum technology laid the foundation for the entire WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS development, as we know it today.

Here’s a short trailer for a documentary about Hedy’s life that touches on just a few of her accomplishments: 

Thank you Hedy for your brilliant movies. And thanks for having laid the foundation for WiFi, so we can watch your performances online!

And in case you’re running a business and looking to offer Hedy’s invention to your patrons so that they can watch her movies streaming online, why not give Stampede a try?

We offer fast, safe and secure wireless that gives you unmatched insight and analytics on your customers. And that’s something we think even Catwoman could appreciate. 

Click here to get started.

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