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November 28, 2012

Plantronics to Make Wearable WebRTC Available to All

Web real-time communications is an exciting new technology that is poised to make voice and video calling easier than ever. It will allow users to make calls directly through their Web browsers, without the need of an application or plug-in. But the innovation does not stop there, as Plantronics recently made an announcement at the WebRTC Conference and Expo, telling the world that the technology had just become wearable.

The event, which is going on now at the South San Francisco Conference Center, will feature a keynote address by Joe Burton, CTO at Plantronics. During the speech, he’ll give more details on the announcement, but based on what we already know, it is quite the breakthrough.

Previously, using a Bluetooth headset for a WebRTC call was a complicated process, requiring hardcoding sample rates or directly configuring the browser. The new solution from Plantronics, however, uses HTML5 to integrate with WebRTC, using websockets to integrate Plantronics headsets and its Spokes software to handle the call flow. Important information about the headset, like the audio sample rate, can be set by the Web application. Again, like all WebRTC technology, this does not require additional software or plug-ins.

"Plantronics has been at the forefront of groundbreaking communications innovation for decades and integration with WebRTC is no exception," said Joe Burton, CTO and SVP of technology, development and strategy, Plantronics, in a release. "WebRTC is poised to explode as a vehicle for improvements in business workflow and consumer engagement alike, and we're excited to be a part of the effort as it begins to take off."

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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