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  1. #1
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    Default Honey Bee Counter - Live Data

    Hey All,

    For the next couple of days I'll be sharing some Live Bee Counter Data here... : Live Google Docs

    Its a small hive with only two deeps but I'll be adding a super hopefully later today or tomorrow.

    Here's a link to the Instructable on how I built the counter: http://www.instructables.com/id/Honey-Bee-Counter/

    Here's a recent calibration video:
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    Default Re: Honey Bee Counter - Live Data

    I'm a tech nut myself, not sure what good information is to be gleaned fro this, but I like it! Keep up the good tech work, and maybe someday u will create something that I may be interested in buying.

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    Default Re: Honey Bee Counter - Live Data

    Hey, thanks for the encouragement.. its a lot of fun to design the stuff... design for MFG is a big step in a totally new direction.. That said, I am assembling two kits for the Oregon State University Bee Lab next week...

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    Default Re: Honey Bee Counter - Live Data

    Nice job.
    Hydronics, you ever thought of using a pic chip so you could make a longer tunnel to weigh the bees before and after arrival? Next thing is putting a PLC on the side of the hive with wireless SCADA.

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    Default Re: Honey Bee Counter - Live Data

    So cool

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    Default Re: Honey Bee Counter - Live Data

    Now what you need is a real time air temp reading taken near the hive and graphed along with the traffic on a 2nd axis. Then you will begin to understand what is going on. Next you will want a hive scale as well.

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    Default Re: Honey Bee Counter - Live Data

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    Nice job.
    Hydronics, you ever thought of using a pic chip so you could make a longer tunnel to weigh the bees before and after arrival? Next thing is putting a PLC on the side of the hive with wireless SCADA.
    send me a cut sheet on your pic chip/scale... thanks!

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    Default Re: Honey Bee Counter - Live Data

    Very cool. Did you try integrating the area under the 2 curves to see if you have a net loss, or gain, of bees?

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    Default Re: Honey Bee Counter - Live Data

    Quote Originally Posted by casinoken View Post
    I'm a tech nut myself, not sure what good information is to be gleaned fro this, but I like it! Keep up the good tech work, and maybe someday u will create something that I may be interested in buying.
    It seems it would be good to monitor swarms. If there was a mass exodus from the hive showing up on the counter that didn't return. It could be interesting too if they were a huge difference in the numbers, and it directly coincides with a local insecticide spray or something. I also think it would be interesting if it was to catch data on a CCD hive. Then you could monitor the rate of decline etc.

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    Default Re: Honey Bee Counter - Live Data

    That's just too cool for school... nice..

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