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Steve Benson on Hedy Lamarr Patenting the Basis for Wi-Fi

This Week in History: On August 11, 1942, actress Hedy Lamarr patented an invention that used player piano parts to help the military switch radio frequencies and avoid jammed signals, a breakthrough that became the basis for Wi-Fi. Steve Benson remains amazed by how incredible and unlikely an event like this was.
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This Week in History: On August 11, 1942, actress Hedy Lamarr patented an invention that used player piano parts to help the military switch radio frequencies and avoid jammed signals, a breakthrough that became the basis for Wi-Fi. Steve Benson remains amazed by how incredible and unlikely an event like this was.

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Thumbnail of video. This Week in History: On August 11, 1942, actress Hedy Lamarr patented an invention that used player piano parts to help the military switch radio frequencies and avoid jammed signals, a breakthrough that became the basis for Wi-Fi. Steve Benson remains amazed by how incredible and unlikely an event like this was.

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Journalist and podcast producer Sarah Koenig working at her computer.

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Journalist and podcast producer Sarah Koenig.

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Helen Forrest in 1945, holding a ration book and wearing a blouse with the word "ration" printed on it.
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