Exploring Augmented Reality

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. entitled “Exploring Augmented Reality.” The hearing will examine the emergence, benefits, and implications of augmented reality technologies. Unlike virtual reality that creates a wholly simulated reality, augmented reality attempts to superimpose images and visual data on the physical world in an intuitive way. 


•    Mr. Brian Blau, Research Vice President, Gartner
•    Mr. John Hanke, Chief Executive Officer, Niantic, Inc. (developer of Pokémon GO)
•    Mr. Brian Mullins, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, DAQRI
•    Mr. Stanley Pierre-Louis, General Counsel, Entertainment Software Association
•    Mr. Ryan Calo, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Washington

* Witness list subject to change
Hearing Details:
Full Committee Hearing
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
3:00 p.m.
This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available at www.commerce.senate.gov.

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Majority Statement

  • Chairman John Thune

Minority Statement

  • Bill Nelson


  • Mr. Brian Blau

    Research Vice President
    Download Testimony (447.73 KB)
  • Mr. John Hanke

    Chief Executive Officer
    Niantic, Inc. (developer of Pokemon GO)
    Download Testimony (112.51 KB)
  • Mr. Brian Mullins

    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Download Testimony (536.47 KB)
  • Mr. Stanley Pierre-Louis

    General Counsel
    Entertainment Software Association
  • Mr. Ryan Calo

    Assistant Professor of Law
    University of Washington