Hot New Designer Sunglasses For the Insect in Your Life

Posted on March 31, 2006

Housefly wearing sunglassesAt least the scientists in Germany are working on something important: this photo entered into a German science-photo competition showcases the latest in designer wear for your pet housefly.

The photo shows a fly wearing his hot new designer lesnes, which were specially cut using a laser in order to fit the fly's 0.08-inch-wide (2-millimeter-wide) head.
Manufacturing firm Micreon GmbH submitted the insect's picture for the Bilder der Forschung (Photos of Science) 2005 competition. Selected images were on display last week in a Munich shopping center.

Micreon, based in Hannover, Germany, created the fly's eyewear using ultrafast laser micro-machining. The firm notes on its Web site that the process can create objects with high precision at scales of less than a thousandth of a millimeter.
We'd planned to order one hundred pairs for our favorite houseflies, but Accounting put a stop to it pronto. Killjoys.

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