One thought on “How smart is a bumblebee?

  1. Brother Buzz says:

    Apparently smart enough as a species to have survived for 100 million years https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/12/061209083342.htm
    “These Bumblebees Carry Tiny Sensors to Measure Their Environment” https://interestingengineering.com/video/these-bumblebees-carry-tiny-sensors-to-measure-their-environment New research from researchers at the Paul G. Allen School of University of Washington has developed a wireless sensing system that actually straps onto the back of bumble bees.
    Called the Living IoT system, the device is considered to be a reasonable alternative to drones used in agricultural research and environmental monitoring to gather data on weather, humidity and light intensity.
    Unlike drones, these augmented bees can gather data for up to seven hours without needing to recharge.
    The tiny tech backpack requires power only for computation. The system tracks the insect’s position in 2D space as it flies around gathering the data which is stored in flight then uploaded at the end of the day using backscatter.
    The tiny devices weigh just 102mg. The system could be used in agricultural applications such as precision irrigation to environmental monitoring.

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