Designers at Goldsmiths create protective ‘sunglasses’ for puffins

What would eyewear for puffins look like, and why would puffins even need it in the first place? Designers from the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths created protective ‘sunglasses’ for this bird species as part of a project that investigates photoluminescence in the bill of the Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica).

In order to study the phenomenon, scientists had to shine ultraviolet (UV) light on the bills of live birds, which made the sunglasses necessary as a way to protect the birds’ eyes from potentially damaging UV light sources. Read more on the Goldsmiths website