Bee-o-matic

A colleague at work has parents who keep bees, and has instrumented their hives. See here for the top level, and the webcam. As well as being jolly fun, its also quite useful. Looking at the weights of the hives, especially through the year (bottom pic) you can see how they are doing over winter, when the flow has peaked, and so on. There is also a bee counter (in units of bees per 5 mins, averaged over the day, I think; its done by only allowing the bees in/out via a set of holes, each of which has a photo-detector above them). The activity is very different to what I would expect, in that there is no rape-seed peak in the summer.

I’m sure Olivier can be persuaded to describe his set-up in more detail if any bee-keepers are interested :-)

Comments

  1. #1 Dave Briggs
    2008/01/25

    I’m sure Olivier can be persuaded to describe his set-up in more detail if any bee-keepers are interested :-)

    The Bee-O-Matic sounds like a winner! It’s really great what applying some imaginative technology to a situation can do!
    Thanks and have a great weekend!
    Dave Briggs :~)

  2. #2 Hank Roberts
    2008/01/25

    Yes Please!

  3. #3 ringo
    2008/01/25

    Wow, a bunch of black screens. How cool. (oh. wrong time zone. my bad).

  4. #4 Eli Rabett
    2008/01/26
  5. #5 Hank Roberts
    2010/11/30

    Still hoping for more detail from Oliver, or a pointer.

    When I was in grad school I had a watch, pencil, and notebook, and was counting flights at the entrances of two hives at the same time, every couple of hours.

    But that was back when computers had hallways in them.

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