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Hedy Lamarr's Radio
Zenith12A5829

Origin

Hedy Lamarr

Type

Radio

Effects

Transmits user's thoughts to specific people

Downsides

Requires a partner to share the mental load

Activation

Turning on

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Babbage-1822

Aisle

38698-4429

Shelf

513820-1745-972

Date of Collection

February 5, 2009

[Source]


OriginEdit

Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1914 - January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-American inventor and film actress. After an early and brief film career in Germany, which included a controversial love-making scene in the film Ecstasy (1933), she fled her husband and secretly moved to Paris. While there, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie contract in Hollywood where she became a film star from the late 1930s to the 1950s. Mayer and the studio cast her in glamorous parts alongside popular leading men, and promoted her as the "world's most beautiful woman."

During her film career, Lamarr co-invented the technology for spread spectrum and frequency hopping communications with composer George Antheil. This new technology became important to America's military during World War II because it was used in controlling torpedoes. Those inventions have more recently been incorporated into Wi-Fi, CDMA and Bluetooth technology, and led to her being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

EffectEdit

This radio was used by Hedy Lamarr while developing frequency-hopping spread spectrum. When turned on and held, the user can transmit their thoughts to anyone they want. Similar to the Bronze Baby Shoes, the user needs to activate the artifact with a buddy to ensure the user's safe return. The user is put under great amounts of mental concentration and stress. With another person listening in and helping the user, they will experience less mental fatigue and pain after use.

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