Researchers at the University of Washington have created small sensor backpacks that can be worn by bumblebees providing feedback on crops. The bees wearing sensors provide feedback on crop health as the bees go about their daily business.
Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the Living IoT project that equips small insects with sensors and offer in more accurate alternative to mechanical drones.
“Living IoT, the first wireless sensing system small enough to ride aboard a bumblebee. Since the Living IoT system requires power only for computation and sensing, a tiny rechargeable battery is sufficient to collect data over a period of up to seven hours uninterrupted — offering an alternative to mechanical drones that require frequent recharging for use in agricultural and environmental monitoring.
The team developed a localisation system that tracks the insect’s position in 2D space as it flies around gathering data such as temperature, humidity, and light intensity, which is stored in flight and uploaded at the end of the day using backscatter.”
For more details on the new IoT technology jump over to the official University of Washington website by following the link below.