Lamarr and Antheil’s invention is the basis of Frequency-hopping Spread Spectrum

It is a little known fact that Bluetooth technology and many other popular wireless technologies used today are modeled on a 1940’s secret communication system developed by Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil.  The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is delighted to honor Lamarr and Antheil’s contribution to the revolutionary invention of frequency hopping by sponsoring a play about their remarkable story called FREQUENCY HOPPING, premiering tonight at the 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York City.

Lamarr and Antheil’s invention is the basis of Frequency-hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) which Bluetooth technology’s Adaptive Frequency-hopping Spread Spectrum (AFH) is based upon.  AFH is at the core of the success of Bluetooth technology, a solution used in over two billion products worldwide and a brand that is familiar to 85 percent of global consumers today.

FREQUENCY HOPPING tells the tale of Hedy Lamarr who, while appearing in movies with greats like Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Jimmy Stewart as a Hollywood beauty, also showed her skills in math and military science by patenting a way for communications signals to rapidly switch frequencies there by thwarting any interference that may occur.  The invention of frequency hopping came to Lamarr and Anthiel while he was working on a way to automate control of musical instruments during WWII. Far ahead of its time, the “secret communication system” was first successfully implemented by US military ships blockading Cuba in 1962.  Now, we can see the roots of frequency hopping in the development of many modern day wireless technologies.

Written and directed by Elyse Singer, FREQUENCY HOPPING will run from June 5 through June 29.  The 3LD Art & Technology Center will host a benefit following the June 7 showing which will involve a raffle of several popular Bluetooth devices, as well as a special ballet performance.  The multidisciplinary play was the winner of the 2007 STAGE International Script Competition and will feature an original score by composer Joshua Fried, performed by a 25-piece robotic orchestra created by LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit  Bluetooth SIG members may purchase discounted tickets for $15 by using the code “blue”.

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Bluetooth wireless technology is the global short-range wireless standard for personal connectivity of a broad range of electronic devices. The technology is now available in its fourth version of the core specification and continues to develop, building on its inherent strengths – small-form factor radio, low power, low cost, built-in security, robustness, ease-of-use, and ad hoc networking abilities. More than five new Bluetooth enabled products are qualified every working day and 13 million Bluetooth units are shipping per week. The installed base of Bluetooth devices is one and a half nearly two billion and climbing, making it the only proven wireless technology choice for developers, product manufacturers, and consumers worldwide.

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