Bee e-Keepers Extraordinary Innovation
|Source: University of Washington|
Small, Sensing Biosystem for Farms & The Environment
This is extraordinary innovation at the cutting edge to monitor the environment and farms. It's from computer scientists and engineers at the University of Washington. They've invented a sensor system small enough to ride on the back of a bumblebee to gather data on the health and quality of farm plants.
Better Than Drones
Farmers are using drones to monitor temperature, humidity and crop health over their fields. There are big limits caused by power needs of drones. The drones can't go very far without a recharge every 10 to 20 minutes.
Bees on Patrol with Backpacks
Bees fly on their own, so the system needs only a tiny rechargeable battery. It lasts 7 hours for data collection and can be recharged wirelessly when the bees return to their hives. The scientists download the data when the bees return to the hive. The team says it has followed best methods for care and handling the bees. This is really interesting innovation that I wanted to make you aware of. It's just been announced and something worth watching. For more innovation stories go to my colleague Ed Kane at amazon.com/author/ekane