How does the Beehome work?
The Beehome has cameras inside of it, robotic arms, sensors and other systems, that allow it to execute what a Beekeeper would normally do. The robotic arms within Beehome apply pesticides, feed, prevent swarming from happening and more, similar to what a Beekeeper would have done. Beekeepers can also remote control the Beehome so they have full flexibility with the upkeep of their colonies.
How do the hives within Beehome work?
The hives look similar to what exists today. The bees living quarters did not change much, except for the fact that now a robot handles the frames and not a human. The bees do not get to experience the robot because when a frame is extracted for inspection, the bees remain within their hive (except they’re not bullied violently off the frame).
How many colonies are housed within the Beehome?
Between 16 and 40.
What are the dimensions of the Beehome and how heavy is it?
16 feet X 8 feet X 6 feet (5m X 2.5m x 2m). It weighs about 1 ton without the colonies inside.
How does Beehome deal with pests?
The ones that are visible with the naked eye, like Varroa, we detect at real-time, and then we apply pesticides accordingly. Others, we identify the result of their damage, and then treatment is applied accordingly.
How does Beehome apply pesticides?
The robot within Beehome takes out the infected frame and places it in a sealed “Service area” within the Beehome device; then, pesticides are applied on that frame. Once the active ingredients have evaporated, the robot places the frame back in its hive. This allows to a) be surgical with pesticides, b) utilize way less pesticides (applied per frame and not entire hive), and c) apply pesticides to brood frames throughout all seasons (including honey-flow) because the entire hive is not affected.
How does feeding work?
Each hive has a dedicated frame for feeding and is filled with nutrients by the robot every time the Beekeeper decides they want to feed a specific colony.
What happens when Beehome senses harmful substances to the bees?
First Beehome notifies the beekeeper, and then it seals the Beehome device. This ensures that the hives do not get affected by the harmful substances and the hives’ health remains stable.
Do I have to be a Beekeeper to operate a Beehome?
No. The role of the operator becomes to fill the Beehome with water, pesticides and more, every once in a while, and to collect honey once it has been harvested within the Beehome.
How does pollination work?
Beehome is designed with transportability in mind. It fits current transportation methods and can be placed anywhere in the field/crop/orchard.
What about flooding?
Beehome stands on six legs, 3 feet tall (1 meter), that keep it above ground and away from water.
What about theft?
Beehome is GPS-protected, so the owner always knows where it is. There is also an automatic alert to the beekeeper if Beehome is moved. Last thing, because it houses tens of hives, the device is big and heavy, and needs dedicated gear to be transported around.