Hackathons focused on application development for wearable technologies are an important testing ground for pushing the limits of these emerging devices. To-date, Plantronics’ (NYSE: PLT) innovations team, PLT Labs, has participated in 10 hackathons nationwide and shared its Wearable Concept 1 device with scores of developers. On March 5-7, developers will gather for additional face time with PLT Labs and other industry experts during Wearables DevCon 2014 – an inaugural show devoted to the wearable tech developer community. During the show, PLT Labs head of innovation, Cary Bran, will outline the core pillars of wireless connectivity for wearable devices and share practical guidance on how developers can choose the right technology and development routes for particular use cases and platforms.
|What:||Wearables DevCon 2014|
|Date:||March 7, 2014|
|Time:||10 a.m. to 11 a.m.|
|Where:||Hyatt Regency Burlingame|
Developer Momentum and Wearable Concept 1Wearable Concept 1, developed by the PLT Labs team, takes Plantronics’ flagship technology beyond audio into true wearables territory and provides developers with a platform to create new applications and use cases for this emerging tech. PLT Labs has been working with developers across the country to help make wearable tech-related applications a reality through its participation at key hackathons throughout the country. Major events and results include:
- AT&T Internet of Things Hackathon Series
- This hackathon series comprised four events across the nation, culminating in a final match between all of the top individual hack winners during the AT&T Developer Summit on Jan. 5, 2014 in Las Vegas.
- During this “finale” hack, second place went to Leverage, who created a virtual personal trainer using Wearable Concept 1’s accelerometers to detect what workout a user is performing. Third place went to Universal Voice Remote, who used Wearable Concept 1’s tap detection to wake up the app.
- AT&T | SIC (Seattle Interactive Conference) Mobile App Hackathon
- Taking a cue from Seattle’s music scene, the winning team from this event, Hackcouture.io, built a gesture-detecting glove and accompanying air guitar game, Metalhead, using Wearable Concept 1’s on board, nine-axis sensors to detect “head bang” movement and incorporate it into the game experience.
- Overall, four of the event’s five finalists chose to leverage the capabilities in PLT Labs Wearable Concept 1 device to create unique wearable solutions.
- Sundance HackDance
- This star-studded event ran concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival. SecondGov won the Innovation grand prize for using Wearable Concept 1 to detect head movement indicating either “yes” or “no” in their app called voting.a – a virtual entity where new ideas, methods and processes pertaining to government and governmental procedures can be tested and evaluated.