Bird-Friendly Glass takes the fun out of clean windows

by Ally

It’s not that I’m mean to animals or anything, but when you’re sitting in the kitchen staring out a bay window only to see a bird plow into it, a small giggle just seems to escape.  I am happy when they shake it off and fly away, if I noticed they were hurt I wouldn’t find it nearly as humorous.  Truthfully, when someone walks into a glass door I laugh just as much at them, so it’s not just birds.  Well there are those occasions when the unseen glass can be deadly for birds, one person decided to make fancy glass that takes a cue from spiderwebs to help the situation.

Now honestly at home I’ve never seen a fatality from my windows, but I could easily see larger buildings causing more casualties.  Which is the reasoning behind a German company, Arnold Glas, creating their award winning spiderweb inspired glass.  On their glass is a special ultraviolet coating that can barely be seen, but is enough to divert birds.  Considering that 100 million birds die every year in the United States from window crashes, it’s probably a wise design.  They’d be great for the numerous storefronts that are completely glass.

Source: GadgetLab

6 reviews or comments

Neagle Says: August 24, 2010 at 9:28 pm

This is one of those tiny unseen innovations that is actually a big deal in engineering architecture.

hukiworld Says: August 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm

A bird broke his little neck flying into my mom’s glass door so I never find it even a bit humorous giggling at a bird crashing into a window. I put a sticker on center of glass door so birds see there is a shield there they should not cross beyond. I love this innovative idea- I definitely salute the engineer for caring about the environment and animals.

hukiworld Says: August 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Oh and I hope Ally breaks her neck running into a glass door and see how funny it is.

John Turner Says: November 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm

are you a f***ing moron? you like it so much that you laugh when a bird flies into a window, which probably means the innocent animal is going to die? callous doesn’t begin to describe you.

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