The collaboration will feature audio devices for Google’s Ara Mobile
Device and Project Soli
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HARMAN
International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier
connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise
markets, and Google, a multi-faceted leader in the digital space, today
announced a new audio partnership at Google I/O 2016.
This extended collaboration between HARMAN and Google will include
modules for Google’s new modular mobile device, Ara. This device will
give customers complete choice over the features they value, including
the highest quality audio from a HARMAN-designed module. HARMAN’s
80-year audio heritage and deep expertise in the Android operating
system will be critical elements in the development process.
In addition, HARMAN and Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group
(ATAP) are also working closely together on Project Soli. Soli uses
radar to enable new types of touchless interactions, one where the human
hand becomes a natural, intuitive interface for devices. The Soli sensor
can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy to enable
precise and effortless hand gestures.
“HARMAN is at the forefront of engineering flexible, personalized smart
audio solutions for the professional, consumer and automotive markets
and we are excited to partner with Google, a long-time HARMAN partner on
many fronts, to bring to market totally customizable mobile devices,”
said Michael Mauser, President, HARMAN Lifestyle Audio. “Consumers now
understand they don’t have to sacrifice sound for portability, and Ara
will give them premium audio and the functionalities they want on the
go. We look forward to collaborating with Google on other innovations
incorporating smart audio in the future.”
HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and
solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including
connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation
solutions and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®,
Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®,
HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues
where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on
the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems.
The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and
systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms,
from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of
approximately 29,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and
reported sales of $6.7 billion during the 12 months ended March 31,
2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol NYSE:HAR.
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reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are
trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered
in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG
Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries.
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