Backpack-Wearing Bees Gather Data for Farmers

Backpack-Wearing Bees Gather Data for Farmers
Bumblebees wearing tiny, smart backpacks could soon be gathering data in fields and croplands.

Created by a team from the University of Washington, the Living IoT backpack is equipped with sensors and a battery that can power the device for seven hours. The unit also weighs only 102 milligrams, while the average bee weighs two to six times as much, which means it can be carried by the insect without causing discomfort. The batteries are recharged wirelessly when the bee returns to its hive, and the gathered data (such as temperature or humidity readings) is collected via backscattering.

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