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January 04, 2016 08:00 ET

Plantronics to Showcase Award-Winning Communication Devices, Wearable Tech Concept Demos, and WebRTC, at the AT&T Developer Summit and CES 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - January 04, 2016) - Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), is ringing in the New Year with a burst of activities taking place at the AT&T Developer Summit and the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), designed to give attendees a first-hand look at the company's communication device innovations in action. Activities will include bleeding-edge demos co-developed with AT&T, Google and Gemalto, in conjunction with PLT Labs, the company's dedicated innovations team, and hands-on exposure to the company's award-winning communications device portfolio, including the BackBeat SENSE, and Voyager Focus UC. Additionally, Cary Bran, vice president of Innovation and New Ventures and head of PLT Labs, is participating on panels at both shows; topics include WebRTC, and demystifying the inner workings of today's tech. 

PLT Labs at the AT&T 2016 Developer Summit
Dates: January 4-5 

Booth #22 - Palm Hotel Ballroom

PLT Labs continues to push wearable tech boundaries to take the headset far beyond audio. Drop by the booth to learn more about our latest wearable concept device, WC2, and see demos and technology previews developed in conjunction with AT&T and Gemalto that feature this powerful device (see detailed demo info, below).

Plantronics at CES 2016
Dates: January 6-9 

Booth #31011 - LVCC, South Hall 3

Plantronics devices are designed from the ground-up to deliver an outstanding audio and communications experience for nearly any scenario. Are you a gamer, runner, music lover? Working hard at the office, stuck in a long commute, or just hanging out? Bottom line: Plantronics has you covered. Come by the booth and check out our latest devices that can help you get more out of your day, whatever that day might bring, plus see what's cooking in the way of future innovations from PLT Labs. Featured solutions include:

  • BackBeat SENSE, smart wireless headphones that redefine stereo headphone capabilities, comfort and audio excellence
  • Voyager Focus UC, the industry's first wireless Bluetooth® stereo headset with active noise-cancellation technology designed for open, collaborative and remote workspaces
  • Plantronics RIG 500 , console and PC gaming headsets engineered specifically for aspiring e-sports players, including interchangeable components that can be configured for precise fit and personalized style of play


Google Smart Lock Integration (at CES 2016 only)
This technology preview will showcase the integration of Google's Smart Lock with the WC2 concept device and demonstrate smart security for Android and Chrome OS devices. This sophisticated level of security uses a variety of factors to determine if it's safe to keep a phone and/or laptop unlocked or if action should be taken to lock the devices when separated from the rightful owner.

Gemalto Voice-Activated Secure Payment
Working with digital security expert, Gemalto, PLT Labs will demonstrate how a person's voice can be used to confirm payment on a point-of-sale (POS) transaction, leveraging the secure element in the WC2 concept device to streamline a secure payment scenario.

Always On | IoT 
At CES 2015, PLT Labs demonstrated how "always on" listening could trigger a door lock/unlock action via voice command. This year, PLT Labs has extended the "always on" listening capabilities of the WC2 concept device to show how a person's voice can control everyday actions, such as turning on/off lights.

WebRTC (at AT&T 2016 Developer Summit only)
In collaboration with AT&T, Plantronics has implemented the AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API into its customer service center to enable "click-to-call" functionality on the support section of its website. This demo will show how people are instantly connected to a Plantronics support technician with a single click of a button from the browser. 

Speaking Engagements

Cary Bran, vice president of Innovation and New Ventures, and head of PLT Labs at Plantronics, is speaking on two panels; one at AT&T Developer Summit, and one at CES 2016:

AT&T Developer Summit: Customer Panel: WebRTC
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 

Time: 12:00 - 12:45pm
Location: Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas - Theater #3

CES 2016: "Under the Hood: Understanding Underlying Product Technologies"
Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016 

Time: 10:15am - 11:00am
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N261

2016 AT&T Hackathon

In addition to the AT&T Developer Summit, PLT Labs was a sponsor at the AT&T Hackathon, held prior to the show, Jan. 2-3, 2016. In addition to having a representative on the judging panel, PLT Labs provided qualified teams with its WC2 device and challenged them to create unique applications that would leverage the devices' powerful APIs, including nine-axis sensor plus security and identity authentication. Visit the AT&T Developer Summit 2016 Hackathon site to learn more about the participants, winners, and more.

About Plantronics
Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From unified communication to Bluetooth® headsets to gaming solutions, we deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100™, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and various mission-critical applications for those on the frontline. For more information, please visit or call (800) 544-4660.

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