Beecoming

Human Bee Pollinator #1

Albert Einstein once (allegedly) said: “If bees disappear from our world, man will have only four years left”. Over the last few years, beekeepers have observed an enormous decrease in the bee population. In 2008, over 80% of industrial bee pollinators in USA and over 40% in Europe died because of the neonecotide used in pesticides.

Bees pollinate over 130 different kinds of flowers, which eventually turn into fruits, vegetables or foliage for animals. The road of the fruit from a tree to a mans table is helped along with a visit from this little hardworking insect.

The problem of bees dying does not effect the organic beekeepers that pollinate organic farms. Unfortunately, those farms and beekeepers are in the minority. For them, there is another problem which originates from climate change. With the increase of pollution and changes in temperature, the seasons of flower blossom changes. Sometimes the time that a certain flower blossoms does not correspond with the time that bees are awake from their winter hibernation. Flowers which are not pollinated will not give any fruit.

In our scenario, we imagine that in the next future we could run out of the bees and in order to survive we will have to become “human bees”, collecting pollen and spreading it among the flowers. People would become new “bee” workers and also exchange pollen between themselves to improve the genetic exchange that former bees used to do before naturally.

Project Beecoming – Human Bee Pollinator consists of the uniform for the HBP units. The uniform is a set of a dungarees with HSP tag identification and a working apron with 3 different pockets where pollen brushes are placed. The human bee pollinators will take out the brushes to collect pollen from the flowers and store it in the pocket. To pollinate another plant with a pollen previously collected, the human bee pollinator will extract a brush and swab it on the new flower.

Thanks to the wrist component of the uniform containing an RFID reader, the human bee pollinator could match the best pollen for each plant by scanning first the plant and then the pollen pocket. A green or red light will appear on the wrist component display to communicates which pollen is better to use in each case.

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