Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), a pioneer in wearable technology, captured the WebRTC Visionary award for the second year running during the 2013 WebRTC Conference and Expo held last week in Santa Clara, Calif. Plantronics received the Visionary award for demonstrating how a range of WebRTC experiences could be enriched when used in conjunction with its advanced, contextually-aware prototype wearable device, Wearable Concept 1™. In 2012, the company was named a WebRTC visionary for demonstrating the integration of its audio device functionality into WebRTC environments – an industry first. Wearable Concept 1, developed by PLT Labs™, features a variety of embedded sensors, including three-dimensional head tracking, free fall detection and tap detection. Developers can now leverage capabilities in the device to create new applications and user experiences with new iOS and Windows® APIs. More information about Wearable Concept 1 can be found at PLTLabs.com. Developers who wish to integrate headset functionality into WebRTC environments for Plantronics solutions already in market may obtain free source code at developer.plantronics.com. “Plantronics’ vision of what the world could look like once WebRTC and wearable technologies are commonplace is extremely compelling,” said Phil Edholm, president and principal, PKE Consulting and producer, WebRTC Conference and Expo. “That vision, combined with their outstanding technology demonstration, convinced the judges that they were the clear choice for this honor.” “It’s extremely gratifying to be singled out as a visionary from such an incredible group of WebRTC innovators,” said Joe Burton, CTO and senior vice president of technology, development and strategy, Plantronics. “WebRTC opens up a whole new world of communications options, which makes it an ideal environment for our advanced wearable capabilities. I can’t wait to see what kind of game-changing applications our developer community will come up with as both WebRTC and wearables continue to evolve.”
The WebRTC judging panel included: Brent Kelly of Constellation Research; Tsahi Levent-Levi of BlogGeek.me; Lawrence Byrd, former director of technology at Avaya; and Victor Pascuel Avila, former architect at ACME Packet.About Plantronics 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, PLT Labs and Wearable Concept 1 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. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.