SOURCE: Plantronics, Inc.

Plantronics, Inc.

July 06, 2011 08:00 ET

Plantronics' Voyager PRO UC Wins Silver Award in Elite International Design Competition

Honor Underscores Plantronics Design Innovation

SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 6, 2011) - Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today announced that its Voyager® PRO UC Bluetooth® headset has been named a 2011 International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) winner by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). This prestigious award celebrates design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. Voyager PRO UC was named a Silver Award winner in the Communications Tools category.

The Plantronics design team was challenged to design a headset that would deliver superior comfort, long battery life, and unmatched sound quality in an aesthetically appealing form. The Voyager PRO line of headsets takes its inspiration from the design of classic sound tubes and retro microphones that echo designs from the "Jet Age" -- a nod to Plantronics' beginnings as a headset manufacturer for NASA. This retro theme is incorporated throughout the product, culminating in the sweeping flare of the battery compartment that ensures the perfect weight and balance for maximum comfort.

"We consider it an honor to receive an award for design excellence from IDSA," said Darrin Caddes, vice president of corporate design for Plantronics. "We've received many design awards in recent years but this one is of particular relevance to us as it comes as recognition from our peers in the design community. We design our products to complement human anatomy and act as an extension of the end user and do our best to create solutions that not only deliver best in class audio performance, but also provide a simple and seamless user experience."

Voyager PRO UC combines Plantronics' award-winning Voyager PRO Bluetooth headset with a plug-and-play Bluetooth USB adapter to deliver richer wideband audio on softphones along with the Voyager PRO headset's superior noise and wind cancellation on both mobile phones and softphones. Additionally, Voyager PRO UC delivers advanced hardware and software that seamlessly eliminates communication complexity by detecting presence and integrating with PC applications -- dramatically enhancing the headset experience.

Caddes continued, "Our goal is to extend the notion of comfort beyond ergonomics and well into the products form factor and total product experience. It's one thing to ask someone if their headset is comfortable, and another entirely to ask them if they're comfortable in their headset. It takes a team of very talented designers and engineers to pull this off and we feel the Voyager Pro line exemplifies what we like to call Simply Smarter Communications."

About The IDSA
The IDSA is one of the world's oldest, largest, member-driven societies for product design, industrial design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design and related design fields. For detailed descriptions, photos and contact information on this year's IDEA winners, visit http://www.idsa.org/idea-2011-gallery. The 2011 IDEA jury included 20 international design experts coming from design consultancies, corporations and universities. Judging criteria focused on eight areas of industrial design excellence: innovation; benefit to the user; benefit to society; benefit to the client; visual appeal and appropriate aesthetics; usability, emotional factors and unmet needs for the design research category; and internal factors, methods, strategic value, and implementation for the design strategy category. Best in Show, Curator's Choice, People's Choice, and the Responsibility Awards will be announced during the IDSA International Conference in New Orleans, September 17, 2011.

About Plantronics -- Simply Smarter Communications™
Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology for 50 years, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth® headsets, 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 the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics, Simply Smarter Communications and Voyager are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks are the property of the respective owners.

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