It’s like something out of a science fiction movie.
Robotic bees will save the earth once the honeybees and fellow pollinators become too low in numbers to effectively pollinate crops or become extinct entirely. They could be programmed to crop specifics and fly as swarms to facilitate pollination. They could also be used for spyware, traffic assessment, weather monitoring, hazardous environment exploration, and search and rescue efforts.
This is indeed happening and RoboBees are definitely in our future. In partnerships with Harvard University, Northeastern University, Centeye (a microelectronics company), and the National Science Foundation these RoboBees are pretty amazing and in current development. The goal is to have a small flying robot that can perform the functions of a honeybee while issues like colony collapse disorder, pests, and diseases that threaten the honeybee population are solved.
I met a RoboBee up close and personal this past week at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts.
It was no larger than the size of a quarter. It had sensors, wings, tripod-like feet and a strange appendage that looked like a long nose. It looked nothing like a honeybee.
Right now, researchers are working on having this bee fly on its own without the tethered electricity cord. Batteries make it too heavy to lift off the ground. As of now it is about ten to fifteen years away from being put into use. It certainly is an interesting idea for honeybee issues that face our planet today.
What do you think of robotic bees?
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Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, gardener, and cook who pens the award winning blog, Tilly’s Nest. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her family of four and her Miniature Schnauzer. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living Magazine. Her blog was recently named one of Better Homes and Gardens Top 10 Gardening Blogs. Melissa’s first book, A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens, will be available spring 2015.