Think you know everything there is to know about augmented reality?  Well, prove it and take the augmented reality pop quiz. 

If you’re proud of your score, post the results on twitter with the hashtag #arpopquiz or in the comment section if you don’t use Twitter.  Thanks to Rouli who helped me with some of the questions.  The answers are further down the page, so you’ll have to scroll down to see them.  No peaking!  And if you quibble with the answer, just give yourself the points because this quiz is on the honor system. 

One point per correct answer.


The AR Pop Quiz

1) Who coined the term augmented reality?  

2) Name three “reality browsers”? 

3) Name four companies in the AR consortium. 

4) What three components does AR need to function?

5) Within how many meters is GPS accurate on an iPhone? 

6) Who created the ARToolKit? 

7) Who’s augmented reality magic trick created tons of buzz?

8 ) What was the first iPhone AR app to be available on the app store with OS3.1?

9) What types of companies have used AR in marketing the most?

10) What is the yearly AR conference?

11) How many years has it been happening under its current name?

12) Where will it be next year?

13) Name a fictional book that used AR?

14) What article of clothing should you wear when making an AR video?

15) Who developed the first AR interface? 

16) What well known anime show features AR? 

17) Who owns the patent on AR? 

18) Which company did the AR consortium write an open letter to?

19) Name three HMD companies?

20) What’s the name of the AR game from Georgia Tech?














































The AR Pop Quiz Answers

1) Tom Caudell

2) Wikitude, Layar, Juniao

3) Int13, Metaio, Mobilizy, Neogence Enterprises, Ogmento, SPRX Mobile, Tonchidot, Total Immersion, YDreams, and Zugura.

4) Sensor, overlay and tracker

5) 3m

6) Hirokazu Kato

7) Marco Tempest

8 ) Yelp / Monocle

9) Car companies

10)  ISMAR

11) Eight

12) South Korea

13) Rainbows’ End, Halting State, (see this post for more)

14) Pink Hoodie

15) Sutherland

16) Denno Coil

17)  No one (trick question!)

18) Apple

19) Vuzix, Microvision, Lumus

20) Arhrrrr


Thomas K. Carpenter

Thomas K. Carpenter is a full time contemporary fantasy author with over 50 independently published titles. His bestselling, multi-series universe, The Hundred Halls, has over 25 books and counting. His stories focus on fantastic families, magical academies, and epic adventures.

  • nice quiz. made my day!

    reg. #6… yeah, with the hiro marker Hirokazu Kato created the same for augmented reality as did the teapot for graphics guys and lenna for the computervision guys. 😉

  • it’s nothing revolutionary here. It’s just my personal feeling… you know about the teapot and lenna? the teapot geometry was a test geometry for computer graphics from Utah U and from martin newell in the 70s. it became the standard reference object… a picture of a playmate became the reference test object for computer vision guys… and now (for me) I feel the same familiarity when I see a HIRO marker. a mixture of nostalgia, common history, etc. 🙂 it feels like people know what they are doing when they quote to the roots of a technology…

  • Ahh… I never knew that about the teapot and the lenna. Compelling object nostaligia. Thanks for the history lesson! 🙂

  • You realize you’re thumbing your nose at the AR gods by using a non-standard colored hoodie. For shame!

  • Bruce Sterling was commenting on on of our videos when he mentioned the pink hoodie, when in actuality it was a red one. If that’s not what you’re referring to in your quiz then I guess we did thumb our noses.

  • There have been a few other vidoes people have made with pink hoodies that Bruce commented on, maybe he just decided your red one was close enough to pink.

    Overall, I’ve found it absurd and hillarious that he picked out that link within a few videos. I mean really… how common are pink hoodies? 🙂

    And your patent list is quite impressive and I hadn’t seen it before. My question was more as a referance to Apple’s “AR” patent they filed this summer which generalizes the overall technology. I’m certain many specific technologies, as you’ve shown in your link, will be patented, but not the overall “idea” of AR.

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