Electronics & Computers

Plantronics Creates Developer Community

May 10, 2012

The Developer Connection will provide access to tools that enable third parties to incorporate presence, availability, proximity, and caller information into applications that support smarter, context-aware services.

SANTA CRUZ, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- In today's world, billions of devices connect and communicate an abundance of data about a person's location, preferences, activities, and availability. Plantronics is opening up a tremendous opportunity for developers to use this data with the launch of a full-scale developer community. Developers will now be able to create context-aware applications that can anticipate or take action and provide better experiences through the information generated by intelligent Plantronics devices with Smart Sensor technology.

Developers can access the tools needed to create smarter, context-aware applications through the Plantronics Developer Connection (PDC). By accessing the information from Plantronics devices, developers can incorporate presence, availability, proximity, and caller information into their existing applications or create a new segment of smarter applications. Incorporating this information will result in more intelligent and intuitive human-to-device experiences.

The PDC includes technical resources, forums, and application programming interfaces (APIs) through a new software developer kit (SDK) for Windows environments. The PDC is also a community for developers to connect with Plantronics technologists and learn more about the software possibilities enabled by Plantronics devices.

"Technology is about making our business lives more productive and our personal lives more enjoyable. The next wave of productivity will be driven by contextually aware applications that speed business processes and workflows," said Joe Burton, Senior Vice President Engineering and Development and CTO, Plantronics. "Plantronics developed smart headsets and devices, with the capability to collect contextual information and present it to applications in an easy to integrate manner. We are opening API's to this information so the software development community can create innovative and useful applications that leverage contextual intelligence from Plantronics."

Resources for Developers

  • The SDK can be accessed via the Plantronics Developer Connection.
  • The SDK also includes an emulator so that developers can test their applications without a headset.
  • Visit the DevZone for links to our technical content.
  • Learn how to code your own "TweetMe" Twitter app using our SDK by going to the Developer Connection.
  • Learn more at a Live Web Event on May 9 at 10 am PDT.
  • Follow PlantronicsDev on Twitter for updates.

"Plantronics has been the most aggressive with regard to putting sensors in their headsets," said Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst for the Enderle Group. "Giving developers access to these sensors, who can then do even more amazing things with them, is the natural path to take in order for Plantronics to step even further above its competitors. Shortly, the real value for headsets may come from third parties who think up amazing ways to use these sensors, and personally, I'm looking forward to being amazed."

About Plantronics
Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. It has 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, it delivers 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 call 800-544-4660.

Plantronics, Simply Smart Communications, and Smart Sensor 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 Corp. in the US and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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