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January 04, 2016

Plantronics to Focus on Wearables at CES 2016, AT&T Developer Summit

It’s tough for technology companies to take a break but, even when they do, they hit the ground running immediately after. This is certainly the case for Plantronics, which has begun the New Year by announcing the slew of activities it has planned at the AT&T Developer Summit as well as the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Plantronics is determined at these events to provide attendees a first-hand look at its device innovations in action. This includes demos of the company’s latest tech co-developed with AT&T, Google and Gemalto, in conjunction with PLT Labs, Plantronics’ dedicated innovations team. Plantronics also plans to give hands-on exposure to its award-winning communications device portfolio, including the BackBeat SENSE, and Voyager Focus UC.

Not content to stop with just demonstrations, Plantronics will also be speaking at both events. Cary Bran, vice president of Innovation and New Ventures and head of PLT Labs, is participating on panels at the AT&T Developer Summit and CES on topics like WebRTC, and demystifying the inner workings of today's technology.

Prior to the holiday season, Plantronics was hard at work releasing new innovations ahead of the New Year. Most notably, the company introduced a new capability to its Plantronics Manager Pro audio device management tool which allows enterprise IT managers to push the latest DECT security updates to Plantronics Savi 700 and the Plantronics Savi 400 series headsets.

As for innovations on display this month, PLT Labs will be showcasing its latest wearable concept device, dubbed simply Wearable Concept 2 or WC2, at the AT&T Developer Summit.

Meanwhile, at CES, PLT Labs will demonstrate Google Smart Lock Integration with the WC2 device, showcasing smart security for Android and Chrome OS devices. PLT Labs will also demonstrate WC2 working with Gemalto Voice-Activated Secure Payment in a secure payment scenario. Building on last year’s CES presentation, PLT will also show how it has extended WC2’s “always on” listening capabilities in the area of IoT, using the concept device to show how a person’s voice can control everyday actions like turning lights on and off.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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