I'm a college student currently in an engineering design course, and for our semester-long design project, my group and I have decided to try to design a modified beehive that makes the process of collecting honey and monitoring bee health more efficient and convenient for commercial beekeepers. Part of this project is collecting feedback from our target audience to see how we can improve our product, and to ensure that it will actually be useful (if nobody wants a product, then there's no point in making it ).
Components we've included so far are an internal camera that sends pictures of the inside of the hive to a phone or other device regularly; panels that collect honey into an accessible receptacle automatically; and a system that moves the panels up and down to allow for the camera to get better pictures/videos of the hive. The whole piece is supposed to be solar powered, so that emissions are low and so that the battery doesn't need to be changed out regularly (although our prototype might not be, because solar panels might be outside our budget, haha).
With all this in mind, is there anything you would change about our design? Any aspects you would add, or parts that you think are actually pretty useless? We'd really appreciate any critiques y'all have!
(hobby beekeeper when she's not at school)
(honey enthusiast when she is)