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CES Innovations Honorees: BackBeat SENSE and Voyager Focus UC

Monday, November 23, 2015 10:38 am PST

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif.— Nov. 19, 2015 — Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), a pioneer in audio and wearable technology, today announced that its BackBeat SENSE wireless stereo headphones and Voyager Focus UC wireless active noise-canceling stereo headset have been named 2016 CES Innovation Awards Honorees in the Headphones product category. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has recognized Plantronics solutions as Innovation Award honorees.

Products submitted to the CTA for award consideration are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 27 product categories.

“We create solutions for people who want an amazing audio experience regardless of location or situation; whether you’re a music-loving commuter, an open-office worker, or working remote at home or from a coffee shop, “ said Lori Langona, director of consumer marketing, Plantronics. “We greatly appreciate the CTA’s recognition of the BackBeat SENSE and Voyager Focus UC and look forward to showcasing these devices and more during CES 2016.”  

About BackBeat SENSE
Smart wireless headphones, BackBeat SENSE offers an 18-hour battery life and feather-light design built to be worn comfortably all day as you listen to your favorite music. These on-ear headphones offer signature Plantronics audio performance and include smart sensor technology that automatically pauses your music when you remove your headphones, then resumes when you put them back on. BackBeat SENSE also offers unique OpenMic technology for those times you’ll need to tune into the outside world without wanting to remove your headphones, just by touching a button. The wireless Advanced Class 1 Bluetooth® technology lets you control up to two connected devices from up to 330 feet away—the length of a football field—while the fold-flat earcups and durable carrying case make BackBeat SENSE your partner on-the-go.

About Voyager Focus UC
Voyager Focus UC is the industry’s first wireless Bluetooth® stereo headset with active noise-cancellation technology designed to reduce noise and distraction in open, collaborative and remote workspaces. This means people can focus, hear and be heard regardless of work location. Voyager Focus UC is also the first product to market with Dynamic Mute Alert, which senses and alerts users if they are speaking while muted. A premium product for unified communications (UC) and multimedia applications, Voyager Focus UC provides all day comfort, intuitive smart sensor technology, audio alerts, and wideband audio and hi-fi stereo sound for outstanding calling and media experiences. Three precisely-tuned microphones and noise-canceling algorithms reduce noise caused by keyboard clatter, close-talkers, and movement, while optimizing voice intelligibility.

About the International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards
The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the producer of CES 2016, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Plantronics’ BackBeat SENSE and Voyager Focus UC will be displayed at CES 2016, which runs January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Entries are evaluated on engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present. Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market. CES 2016 Innovation Honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovation, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, description, photo and URL.

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, BackBeat, Simply Smarter Communications, Voyager are trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. registered in the US and other countries, and Dynamic Mute Alert and OpenMic are 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 their respective owners.

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