|[September 26, 2013]
Plantronics Sponsors AT&T "Internet of Things" Hackathon Series
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Plantronics (News - Alert) (NYSE: PLT), a pioneer in wearable technology, today
announced the company's sponsorship of the Internet of Things Hackathon
Series hosted by AT&T and Intel (News - Alert). The event will focus on the development
of apps that are compatible with multiple devices including various
mobile and desktop devices. At the events, Plantronics for the first
time will provide qualified developers with its latest wearable concept
device and APIs. The company is also contributing prize money for the
top three teams.
The first event is in New York and starts on Friday evening, Sept. 27,
2013, and will run through Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. The challenge for
this series of hackathons is to craft new ways that the processor and
"All-In-One PC" can be an integral part of the family experience. Ideas
and interactivity models range from quantified self to multi-device,
multi-player gaming and beyond. The series includes additional regional
events in Colorado on Nov. 1, 2013 and Los Angeles on Nov. 15, 2013 with
a national event in Las Vegas at CES on Jan. 5, 2014.
Those interested in participating can sign up for the AT&T (News - Alert) Internet of
Things Hackathon event here: http://iothacknyc-eorg.eventbrite.com/.
Plantronics will provide qualified teams with a wearable concept device
built by the PLT Labs™ team (http://pltlabs.com).
The wearable concept is a specially modified version of Plantronics
flagship Bluetooth product the Voyager Legend®. The concept device
provides a low-latency, nine-axis sensor which tracks head orientation
in three dimensions, heading, pitch, and roll - in other words, the X,
Y, and Z axes. It also features tap detection as well as free fall
detection. The PLT Labs team has developed an API and sample
applications that leverage the onboard MFI chip for ease of integration
with the iOS platform over Bluetooth® as well as the Windows® operating
The PLT Labs team has built and demonstrated how a wearer could
manipulate an avatar on an iPad in real-time based on their physical
head movements. The company also has demonstrated an award-winning
application that allows an individual anywhere in the world to share
their view remotely via Google (News - Alert) Street View and the Plantronics concept
The event will kick off with a round of lightening talks with speakers
including Cary Bran (News - Alert) from PLT Labs. Cary is the senior director of
Innovation and New Ventures at Plantronics and will be joined by members
of the PLT Labs engineering team to support developers with building
integrations with the wearable concept device during the hackathon.
Plantronics has been a wearable tech pioneer for decades - developing
and delivering personal audio solutions that are worn by millions to
communicate. By making advances in on-board sensor technology and
exposed APIs, the company has moved the classic headset beyond audio and
transformed it into a wearable device and platform with possibilities
only limited by a developer's imagination. More information, including
the SDK, is available via the Plantronics Developer Connection: http://developer.plantronics.com,
which provides developers with the tools to bring aspects of a user's
physical world into applications.
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, PLT Labs, Simply Smarter Communications, and Voyager Legend
are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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