|[November 19, 2012]
Plantronics Honored With Six CES 2013 Innovations Awards
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
For the fifth consecutive year, Plantronics
(NYSE: PLT) has been honored with multiple CES Innovations Design and
Engineering Awards. Plantronics (News - Alert) is proud to announce that the Voyager
Legend™ UC headset, Blackwire® 720 headset, Calisto® 620 speakerphone,
M55™ headset, and Find MyHeadset™ application, have been named
International CES (News - Alert) Innovations 2013 Honorees across six categories
demonstrating Plantronics' continued ability to serve a wide variety of
needs across the communications space.
"Innovation is at our core and we continue to drive our technology to
help simplify and improve the communication experience for business and
individuals alike," said Joe Burton, chief technology officer at
Plantronics. "Being honored by CEA year after year highlights
Plantronics' position as a true innovator and industry leader."
Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent
panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the
media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge
consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.
Voyager Legend UC
Legend UC, the unified communications version of the award winning
Voyager Legend headset, placed in two innovation categories; Wireless
Handset Accessories and Computer Accessories. The Voyager Legend UC
works seamlessly with a mobile phone and computer for softphone calls.
It has three precisely tuned microphones and enhanced DSP that optimize
your voice and minimize noise caused by wind, movement, and background
sounds. Industry-first Smart Sensor™ technology intuitively directs
calls to your phone or headset and allows you to automatically answer by
placing the headset on your ear. The Voyager Legend proactively delivers
voice alerts to keep you informed of battery level, connection status
and announces caller name.
The one of a kind Blackwire
720 is an honoree in the Headset category as a device that provides
the best of both worlds: wireless flexibility with corded reliability.
The versatile headset goes beyond providing outstanding PC audio quality
byalso connecting to a Bluetooth® enabled phone or tablet. A detachable
cable and integrated clothing clip allow you to take your mobile call
to-go with up to 10 hours of talk time. The headset also automatically
routes the audio from the mobile phone to the headset whenever it's put
on-and vice versa.
620 wireless speakerphone has been recognized for the Computer
Peripherals category. As the first wireless speakerphone designed for
use with your laptop or smartphone, Calisto 620 is portable, sounds
great and sets up easily. It provides a reliable up to seven-hour talk
time and the portable Calisto 620, (in its own high-quality travel case)
is an ideal size to throw in your laptop bag. The Calisto 620 delivers
intelligent bi-directional microphones that activate in the direction of
the speaker's voice, wideband PC audio and 360-degree microphone pickup.
The honoree for In-Vehicle Accessories, the M55
headsets feature Plantronics' new DeepSleep™ mode that lets the headset
stay charged for up to five months, so it's ready when you want to hear
music, listen to podcasts or simply place and take calls whenever,
wherever. DeepSleep technology activates when the headset is away from
your phone for more than 90 minutes. This feature is ideal for users
that often leave their headset in the car and ensures that the device is
ready when they are.
The perfect app for Plantronics' mobile headset user is Find MyHeadset™.
As an honoree for the Software and Mobile Applications category, this
application is designed to help Plantronics customers locate their
missing headsets. Regardless of whether the headset is on or off,
charged or not, recently missing, or lost for weeks, Find MyHeadset
offers people two unique ways to find their Plantronics device; Send a
Tone or the BackTrack™ feature.
About the International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards
The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored
by the Consumer Electronics Association (News - Alert) (CEA)®, the producer
of the International CES, the world's largest consumer technology
tradeshow, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and
engineering since 1976.
Plantronics' Voyager Legend UC, Blackwire 720, Calisto 620, M55, and the
Find MyHeadset app, will be displayed in The Venetian at the 2013
International CES, which runs January 8-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Press
Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 6 in the
South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay.
The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:
Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
The product's intended use/function and user value
Unique/novel features that consumers would find attractive
How the design and innovation of the product compares to other
products in the marketplace
Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect innovative design and
engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various
technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements
to previous product designs.
Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on http://cesweb.org/Awards/CES-Innovations-Awards.aspx,
which lists product categories, as well as each product name,
manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.
About Plantronics - Simply Smarter CommunicationsTM
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, BackTrack, Blackwire,
Calisto, DeepSleep, Find MyHeadset, Marque, M55, Vocalyst and Voyager
Legend 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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