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    Default Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    I have a kickstarter for the new smart hive I have built, and I'd love to share why I'm making it and see if anyone on here is of the same mind.

    For years, I was in and out of the ER and ICU for a genetic illness that the doctors were unable to diagnose. You can imagine how terrible it feels to be laying on a hospital bed, unable to speak, barely able to move, and then watch doctors be incapable of giving an explanation when they didn't even know what was going on.

    "I don’t know" are three crushing words when your life or the life of someone you care about is on the line.

    I did eventually figure out what my illness was, but it was by me asking a lot of tough questions. One of the things that got me through those years was the ability to take care of and learn about Honey Bees. I got Honey Bees for my 18th birthday, and they changed my life. I used to give talks at my college about them, and overall, I am a big bee geek. Still, I have killed a lot of bees, and as I sat there looking through the hive and sorting through their bodies, more often than not I am left saying, "I don’t know."

    This represents the canyon that separates those who care about bees from those who take care of bees. There's a canyon filled with all the fear of hurting and killing bees, filled to the brim, with all of the “I don’t knows” which prevents a lot of people from becoming beekeepers themselves.

    I don’t accept “I don’t know” as an answer, which is why I am building the world's first Ask Smart Hive that will bridge the gap between caring about bees and caring for bees. The Ask Smart Hive will let you know what’s going on in your hive 24/7, whether you’re at Starbucks getting coffee or stuck working late at the office. All you have to do is Ask.

    My question to you is this: Would you like to know more?

    Sign up today.
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...rm?usp=sf_link

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    Default Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    I'd like to know how you plan to do this? Monitors of some sort?

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    Default Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Quote Originally Posted by AR1 View Post
    I'd like to know how you plan to do this? Monitors of some sort?
    Basically, there will be a dozen or so sensors inside the hive monitoring about 28 different variables, which will be consolidated down into basic and professional mode on the app that will come with the hive. So you can get into the numbers and changes with the pro mode, but if you want to keep it simple you can enjoy seeing how your queen is doing, whether you're about to swarm, and which hives are performing well (for example).

    The other great thing is that this is ready to go out of the box, and can be set up (hive included) in minutes.

    I have working prototypes, and the crowdfunded campaign is to move to large scale production and refinement.


    I'd suggest getting signed up for updates, it's free, and no one will get a better deal then the people that support the campaign.

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    Default Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    I was here,

    It sounds like an interesting project. I would be very interested. There are a few different monitoring options out there, mostly dealing with humidity, temperature weight and one very ambitious program using microphones to see if anything can be determined from sounds.

    I am very curious though what metric you will use to see how your queen is doing and how you plan to know if they are about to swarm. I was once told about someone who tried to see if a RFID chip can be placed on the queen to monitor its travel throughout the hive, although I never saw any real results out of it.

    I am a little suspicious though because your link is not to a kick starter but a google form, can you explain?

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    Default Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    "This represents the canyon that separates those who care about bees from those who take care of bees."

    I'm not quite sure what the difference is between the phrases, "care about bees" and "take care of bees". Could you explain, please."

    Alex
    Ten years of Beekeeping before varroa. Started again spring of 2014.

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    Default Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Quote Originally Posted by AHudd View Post
    "This represents the canyon that separates those who care about bees from those who take care of bees."

    I'm not quite sure what the difference is between the phrases, "care about bees" and "take care of bees". Could you explain, please."

    Alex
    Some people care about bees but for a variety of reasons choose not to care for them directly. While people who take care of bees are actively managing and taking care of bees.

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    Default Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Quote Originally Posted by HeadofMeadow View Post
    I am a little suspicious though because your link is not to a kick starter but a google form, can you explain?
    Same question.

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    Default Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Quote Originally Posted by Bee Arthur View Post
    Same question.
    My bad for seeming suspicious. The kickstarter doesn't go live until next month, so there is no link to it yet. The email sign up is for updates and related content leading up to the kickstarter.

    Feel free to get signed up, and let me know what you think. You will never be spammed or get mass emails. It's only use is to give updates and talk about the problems we will be solving.

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    Default Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Quote Originally Posted by HeadofMeadow View Post
    I was here,

    It sounds like an interesting project. I would be very interested. There are a few different monitoring options out there, mostly dealing with humidity, temperature weight and one very ambitious program using microphones to see if anything can be determined from sounds.


    I am very curious though what metric you will use to see how your queen is doing and how you plan to know if they are about to swarm. I was once told about someone who tried to see if a RFID chip can be placed on the queen to monitor its travel throughout the hive, although I never saw any real results out of it.

    I am a little suspicious though because your link is not to a kick starter but a google form, can you explain?
    First, Thank you for writing.

    My Ask Smart Hive will monitor those options as well as more using a variety of sensors (we can nerd out on the types if you want), and come ready to go with the hive, so no special assembly required and thus allows it to be setup in minutes. I'll be talking about sensors more in the update newsletter.

    Big difference are
    1) those are self set up, and mine comes set up for you.
    2) They are not standardizes so the data they collect is not as useful.

    In terms of knowing where the queen is and it's health, as well as telling the health of the hive (disease states), will be monitored visually and potentially (testing this now) with low energy wifi signals. A successful kickstarter will allow me and my team to do a little more R&D to ensure everything works right with the bees.

    My bad for seeming suspicious. The kickstarter doesn't go live until next month, so there is no link to it yet. The email sign up is for updates and related content leading up to the kickstarter. I wouldn't want to announce to an empty room

    Feel free to get signed up, and let me know what you think. You will never be spammed or get mass emails. It's only use is to give updates and talk about the problems we will be solving.

    Also, I'm doing 30 interviews on my podcast featuring different beekeepers, bee experts, and bee researchers for each of the days of the kickstarter.

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    Default Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Quote Originally Posted by IWASHERE View Post
    Smart...stuff...Hive
    Sounds like you are targeting backyard-two-hive-keepers. But those folks have already spent their hobby budget on Flow hive and now have a pissed off spouse who won't let them buy any more "ridiculous gadgets".

    Outside of that group, you'll need to launch your product in $50/hive range, to be viable. Why $50? Because that's what it takes to outfit a resource nuc which provides a lot more value than all that tech and sensors.

    Not trying to be negative, just being realistic.

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