Bionic Bees to the Rescue
On the current generation, the human race has been dependent on technology for years. In the case of farming related technology, drones are used to help in the pollination and assessment of crops, and the spraying of pesticides. But drones can only last for about 10 to 20 minutes before they have to return to land again and recharge. Another disadvantage of this is that drones are very expensive to implement and consumes too much power. Fortunately, researchers from the University of Washington have created a solution involving bees.
The solution involves a tiny device attached at the back of the bees. The device includes an array of sensors that monitor the temperature, humidity and light intensity of the environment. Included also in the device is a data storage space and a transceiver system that forwards the gathered data to a base system called "The Hive" via backscatter communication. Overall, the weight of the device is 102 milligrams. Comparing the drones to it, the device can last for about 7 hours which is very convenient in monitoring farm crops.
The device as of now can only store 30kB of data. This limits the types of sensors that can be used. In the long run, the researchers plan on trying to make a system that can send livestream data back to "The Hive."
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