Personalising 3D-Printed Smart Eyeglasses to Augment Daily Life

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Personalized 3D-printed eyeglasses equipped with sensing functions can enhance daily life through augmenting applications that enable wearers to monitor their vitals and behaviour. Novel 3D-printing techniques and materials could provide the basis for personalized smart eyeglasses such that the frames are digitally printed and other functions are embedded using integrated electronics. After the lenses have been inserted, the eyeglasses can then be used to monitor the wearer’s vitals and behaviour using sensor data acquired from the head.


We develop methods to personalise smart, regular-look eyeglasses frames to optimise fitting and maximise sensor function. The personalisation to anatomical landmarks at the head specifically helps to avoid artefacts in physiological measurement during everyday activity and motion. We develop a multi-domain design approach, including mechanical, electrical, and functional layer modelling and simulations.

For the eyeglasses fit, we derived head shape measures that help us to match eyeglasses frames to head shapes. Moreover, we add electrical functions through 5-axis printing of conductive material layers. Details can be found in the corresponding publications listed below.

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We offer student projects on HCI, sensors/actors, electrical/mechanical engineering, and 3D-printing technology. Please contact us for details.


Rui Zhang, Volodymyr Kolbin, Mirko Süttenbach, Martin Hedges, Oliver Amft, "Evaluation of 3D-printed Conductive Lines and EMG Electrodes on Smart Eyeglasses Frames", Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ACM, 2018.

Florian Wahl, Rui Zhang, Martin Freund, Oliver Amft, "Personalizing 3D-printed smart eyeglasses to augment daily life", IEEE Computer, 2017.


Rui Zhang

Prof. Dr. Oliver Amft

  • Job title: Director
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-23601

Florian Wahl

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg