Making the invisible visible with 3D-printable AR visors for COVID-19 testers.

Coronavirus is often labeled as an “invisible enemy”. We seek to make the invisible visible for front line medical workers collecting test swabs by providing timely and essential information through an augmented face shield.

We interviewed










Their problems are



Wearing layers of PPE is hot, glasses fog up. Need for protection around the wrist where gloves end, and shoes.



Wasted time tracking down patient background conditions in binders, charts and onsite. Knowledge about patient characteristics such as psychological, mood, behavior is essential for testers who may adjust their approach when collecting a swab (such as stabilizing a dementia patient).


Patient’s Condition

Broadly, nurses desired to know the combativeness or cooperativeness they might encounter from senior patients they are working with.

Existing solutions fail


Active filtration PAPR devices manage humidity and combine several PPE elements for a more comfortable experience but are expensive and quantities are limited compared to single-use PPE.


Binders and paper-based medical records can only be in one location at a time or used by one nurse. Locating these physical assets takes valuable time and supplies when multiple patients are waiting to be tested. Because they are physical assets, they can be possible sources of cross-contamination.

Front view of the Supervisor

Touch free operation

Using microphones inside the phone, personal assistants like Siri and Google, and the processing power of the cloud allows for audio commands and transcription.

The phone's camera is used to quickly capture information, such as taking photos of binders, test swabs, or patients. Leveraging existing face detection services in the cloud, patients can be privately identified.

SUPERvisor can be operated completely with gestures. The smarthphone’s camera detects basic hand gestures allowing the user to operate SUPERvisor without ever risking contamination.

Thanks to the phone’s connection to the Internet, storing and accessing photos, voice memos, patient data, or loading instructions for untrained testing personnel can be done efficiently and seamlessly.

Our design is compatible with a large variety of visor shapes. While many nurses told us they disinfect the face shield outer layer, SUPERvisor allows nurses with flexible options to reuse or quickly remove the outer sheet with a short pull.

Augmented Reality

for under $10

Our printable design seeks to empower the maker community to help produce a cost effective solution. We purposely focused on a design that only uses commonly found objects. This ensures the widest possible impact for our design, eliminating barriers of custom parts and single supplier shortages. Our design uses a commonly found mirror and transparent plastic foil to achieve the augmented reality projection. In doing so, our design is applicable to a wide range of applications and environments.

Augmented reality is an ideal application in healthcare settings because nurses and doctors are already wearing transparent face shields. Because seconds make the difference between life and death, critical information must be available to healthcare workers all the time. Supervisor brings the power of augmented reality to our front line health workers.

By utilizing the power of a smartphone’s processor and camera to cost efficiently produce an augmented reality experience, SUPERvisor introduces this promising technology where it is needed most.

Design Process

COVID-19 Design Challenge

Team Members

Franklyn Bucknor

Kailin Li

Xiaobai Ji

Abhi Ghavalkar

Roland Saekow

Titus Ebbecke

Personal Role

3D Renders

Concept Phase I Model

Video Editing

Presentation Layout

German Interviews

Press Mentions & Awards

„High-tech face shields don’t have to be expensive. This design proves it“ – Fast Company

2020 Fast Company Linda Tischler Award

2020 Fast Co. Innovation by Design – Student, Finalist

See the full project & user research at behance.

Behance Project