FLAIM joins “XRA DEMO ON THE HILL” with Members of Congress

Press & ResearchMay 14th, 2024

In February this year, we were grateful to have HTC showcase our FLAIM Extinguisher workplace safety solution as part of “XRA Demo on the Hill”, a demonstration event hosted by the XR Association for Members of Congress and their staff in Washington DC.

It was a unique opportunity to showcase the potential of XR technology and how it is transforming not only industries like fire safety, but also education, healthcare, training, manufacturing, and the military. XRA member companies demonstrating their technology included Accenture, GoogleHTCMetaMyndVRCleanboxElm Park LabsOberon TechnologiesPIXO VRTaqtileTransfrBig Rock Creative and Qualcomm.


“We’re thrilled to have welcomed staff, lawmakers, and other interested stakeholders to our first XR demonstration on Capitol Hill,” said Liz Hyman, CEO of the XR Association. “We have to meet people where they’re at, including our policymakers, in order to encourage responsible policies and support for immersive technologies.”

Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) of the Congressional Caucus on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality Technology attended the event.

Representatives Greg Landsman (D-OH), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE At-large) and Deborah Ross (D-NC) also took part in XR demonstrations. The event hosted dozens of other bipartisan congressional staff members from over 55 House offices.

Representative Suzan DelBene offered opening remarks, emphasising the importance of educating members of Congress about immersive technologies, supporting XRA’s efforts in pushing for new research and development funding for XR.

“Part of our job [as members of the Reality Caucus] is to educate lawmakers on these technologies,” said Representative DelBene. “To help them understand not just one piece that they might have experienced but the whole breadth of technology, the different sectors that are impacted, the ongoing innovation and how quickly that’s happening so that they are keeping that in mind, and we have policy that reflects what’s actually happening in our world today and where we’re headed.”

Blog image credit: XR Association

You can find out more about the XR Association here: https://xra.org/