Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – The XR Association (XRA) hosted a reception with the Congressional Tech Staff Association (CTSA) to showcase virtual and augmented reality technologies and their limitless potential to support workforce development, training, and upskilling. Congressional staff interacted with hardware provided by XRA member companies, including the Cognixion ONE device, HTC Vive, Meta Quest, and Microsoft HoloLens and software developed by Unity, Foundry 45, Friends with Holograms and others.
On the Meta Quest, attendees experienced first-hand the workforce training possibilities of virtual reality with Foundry 45’s pump simulator training and a module developed by Friends with Holograms to help people understand workplace exclusion and unconscious bias.
Members of the Microsoft HoloLens team demonstrated the device’s hand-tracking technology, guiding attendees to use their hands to interact with virtual objects in an augmented reality setting. Attendees were also able to manipulate large-scale models of human organs, an especially helpful use case for training medical professionals.
On the HTC Vive and with software developed by Unity, attendees visited museums like the Louvre and the Museum of Other Realities and interacted with “Alice in Wonderland” as they had never before.
Attendees interacted with the Cognixion ONE, the world’s first brain computer interface with augmented reality wearable speech™ generating device, which enables users with a wide variety of physical and neurological abilities to access augmented reality.
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The XR Association promotes the dynamic global growth of the XR industry, which includes virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed-reality, and future immersive technologies. XRA is leading the way for the responsible development and adoption of XR by convening stakeholders, developing best practices and research, and advocating on behalf of its members and the greater XR industry. Learn more at www.xra.org/joinus.