Hedy Lamarr Google Doodle – Google has come out with a wonderful Doodle honoring Hedy Lamarr, who is renowned both as a beautiful and talented actress and inventor/technology entrepreneur.
Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Austria in 1914, Ms. Lamarr co-developed a frequency-hopping system to prevent the Nazis from blocking the radio-frequency communications emitted by Allied torpedoes. Ms. Lamarr and co-inventor George Anthiel received a patent for the invention, which formed the basis for modern-day spread-spectrum communication technology. Spread-spectrum communications include GPS, Bluetooth, COFDM (an element of Wi-Fi network connectivity), and CDMA (an element of wireless cell phones).
Here is Google’s Doodle honoring Ms. Lamarr on her 101st birthday:
Saul Bass Doodle – Very entertaining doodle at google.com in honor of Saul Bass on what would have been his 93rd birthday. Bass, who died in 1996, created the opening credits for over 40 feature films, including many all-time great films. You can see a number of these classic movies incorporated into the doodle. See if you can recognize these wonderful opening movie sequences embedded in the Google clip. The answers are below.
Here are clips of the opening credits of the films which inspired the doodle:
Saul Bass worked on the graphic design for the opening credits for over 40 films spanning four decades, including North by Northwest, Psycho, Vertigo, Around the World in 80 Days, Anatomy of a Murder, West Side Story, Spartacus, The Man with the Golden Arm, Ocean’s Eleven, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Here’s a link to a Washington Post blog which speaks about Saul Bass’s creative genius and talks about the Google doodle.