At Plantronics, we are always looking for ways to solve real-life problems with our latest technology. Our products used to work with just office phones, then we added mobile phones, and today we connect to desk phones, computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles. We can even connect to two or three devices with one headset, all at the same time!
Now we are developing technology to address the latest communications trends like WebRTC and context-aware computing. While you may not have heard of these yet, they are on the forefront of next-generation communications systems. WebRTC lets you make phone calls right from the browser, so now a web page could have a "click to call" button to call a service rep right from a webpage – no plug-in needed. And context-aware computing incorporates information about the user’s activities into software to provide a more customized experience. A simple example is having your headset lock your computer when you walk away from your desk.
So what does that mean for headsets? Increasingly, our products will have sensors and software so they can anticipate or take action to provide a better work experiences, like quickly popping up information about your current audio settings, incoming caller ID, etc.
We are in the early stages today, working with developers from lots of companies. But we’d like to hear about your communications challenges or special use cases to see how your needs could shape our technology development. Do you have a technology steering committee or any staff developers who might be interested? If so, make sure to send them to the Plantronics Developer Connection DevZone where they can find all the technical documentation and source code they need to get started creating the next generation apps that tap into context-aware computing from Plantronics.
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or comments you have.
In this article, Joe Burton, SVP, Product Development and Technology and CTO at Plantronics, talks about the evolution of wearable technology and the Plantronics vision for integrating contextual intelligence to create simply smarter applications. Read More >>
In this video Cary Bran, Senior Director of Innovation at Plantronics, explains how contextual intelligence built into wearable devices is opening a new way of thinking about doing business and interacting socially.
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