Pervasive Augmented Reality:


(Left) Contrasting aspects of conventional and pervasive AR. (Right) Identified context targets and sources relevant for AR systems. The numbers in the circles indicate the number of papers in the associated category, papers can be present in multiple categories. Interactive versions of these graphics are available under

Abstract:Augmented Reality is a technique that enables users to interact with their physical environment through the overlay of digital information. While being researched for decades, more recently, Augmented Reality moved out of the research labs and into the field. While most of the applications are used sporadically and for one particular task only, current and future scenarios will provide a continuous and multi-purpose user experience. Therefore, in this paper, we present the concept of Pervasive Augmented Reality, aiming to provide such an experience by sensing the user's current context and adapting the AR system based on the changing requirements and constraints. We present a taxonomy for Pervasive Augmented Reality and context-aware Augmented Reality, which classifies context sources and context targets relevant for implementing such a context-aware, continuous Augmented Reality experience. We further summarize existing approaches that contribute towards Pervasive Augmented Reality. Based our taxonomy and survey, we identify challenges for future research directions in Pervasive Augmented Reality.

Additional Visualisations:

Interactive Visualisation of Context Sources in AR
Interactive Visualisation of Context Targets in AR