Great to have you aboard!
I am a long time computer programmer and electronics hobbyist. My oldest son is a student in the electrical engineering program at Youngstown State University.
For fun we built our own hive monitoring system using an esp8266 that collects temperature, humidity, and weight of our hive and sends the information via MQTT to Thingsboard.
After building our prototype we discovered OSbeehives and appreciate the community spirit and we would like to join the work at the OSbeehive project. We are long term fans of Open Source efforts.
We look forward to getting to know all of you.
Hey there! Great to have you on board and to see you are already working on some things of your own! Do you have any images of your setup?
FYI, I’ve responded to your weight sensor question in the other thread
I’m Al Doolittle, a Futurist and a problem solver, I’ve just installed a V1 on a beehive located in Clinton, CT that I already has a small data monitoring system. I’m doing this for the short term so I can compare data. I’m using a v1 because i don’t have to completely open the hive. i’ll replace it with a mini this spring. Because of the low energy overhead, the new BuzzBoxes will be used in simplified configurations. I haven’t ruled out to using cellular if needed.
You can see the data from the other data collector here
Don’t get too concerned if there are differences between the two data collectors. Measurement locations are different and calibrations may be off. I am recording hive weight, inside temperature/humidity, outside temperature/humidity, solar radiation and rainfall with the other unit. (Note: Presently the solar and outside temperature are down. The inside temperature/ humidity sensor is fully propolized so ignore the humidity.)
There is a missing realtime video camera (Arlo) that is going back up soon. The camera is remotely viewed using an Amazon Echo Show. I’m waiting to replace it with a low cost outdoor camera when it becomes available (soon). The price should be below $50.
IR pictures using a FLIR camera are periodically take to help locate the bees in the hive.
At the risk of being called a helicopter beekeeper, I will add that there’s a 12v hive heater with a thermostat below the mesh of the open bottom. This is just a safety net to reduce stress in extremely cold weather. I haven’t decided what temperature set-point I’m going to use but I don’t want to upset the natural balance of the hive so whatever it is, it will certainly be below freezing.
My name is Honor I’m doing a masters in Industrial design at KABK in the Hague and looking at how the far reaches of the maker movement and open source can remedy biodiversity loss. Any thoughts on the subject please message me. This strange February heat wave has got me keen to start planting seeds and eager to build a hive.
Hi, I’m timboplymouth. I live in Plymouth UK and am retired. I got into keeping Bees just over 2 years ago and I stumbled across OSBH a year or so ago and really liked the sound of things. I currently have 2 hives and working on a third, all are top bar hives and 2 are cathedral style TB hives. I have Milifera ligustica in one hive and melifera melifera in the second hive with a new AMM Queen coming in the summer for the 3rd hive when I start a nuc. I have been busy building a BuzzBoard but have had a couple of problems for which I have asked for help. Hopefully will be up and running soon.
Hello, my name is Bruno, and i have several related interests as all of you.
i want to learn and to to test some of the ideas i will have for reading the forum.
Hi my name is Gareth I live Devon uk I run 14x12 , Apimaye Dadant I have three types of Queen buckfast, AMM, and Carpathian all in my back garden
Hi, I’m Markus and I live in Switzerland. I have a company in the area of control and automation. Bees have been with me since my childhood, as my father is a beekeeper with over 30 beehives. I’m currently testing my first BuzzBox.
My name is David and I currently live in Philadelphia. I’m an artist + technologist. I currently teach digital fabrication oriented classes at a private K-12 school. I also co-founded the first FabLab in Bhutan in collaboration with MIT & SolidWorks. I’m also engaged in the Fab City initiative (http://fab.city).
I’m currently developing curriculum for the K-12 environment and looking at this platform specifically for an IoT class I’m working on incorporating Particle devices and data logging on Raspberry Pi’s.
My name is Cathy and I have three Hives at my Mamaroneck High School in NY State. We were lucky enough to get a grant and are excited to be waiting for our BeeBox so we can learn more about our bees!
I am very, very untechnological so will be counting on my students to be able to do this.
My Name is Nathan and I have three hives in the mountains of western North Carolina. I currently have three BuzzBox Minis installed in each hive. I have been tracking data for the last few months and look forward to improvements to the app and software.
Hello! I am Asya from the Artificial Life Lab - UNI GRAZ / Austria.
I am a trained architect and now about to start my PhD on 3d-scaffolding for biological growth such as mycelium and honeybees. I run the design package of a large FET-EU project: hiveopolis.eu (what we call the “future beehives”
I have built 6 BCN Warre Hives from natural spruce wood panels in spring and now having my colonies living in them. I built them as a platform to test the overwintering capacity of the mycelium panels that I introduced in the openings of the wall parts.
I would like to share and discuss on this topic of bio-materials, moisture capture and bee-fungus life.
Hey @asy, thank you so much for posting and sharing these fantastic images!
This research sounds absolutely fasinating! Is the idea to create modular eco-shells for buildings? Am I on the right track there? What is the purpose of the mycelium for these hive interiors? Is it anything to do with Paul Stamets research in this area?
I have sent this post to @Jonathan_Minchin, the Warré designer, who will doubtless be super chuffed to see these replications and also about this experimentation.
ps. Were you are Respond festival in Denmark? If so we might have had a chat, I seem to recognise you!
Yes, I was at the Respond, where the DDMP-EU exhibitions were located as part of the CPH-Maker We met there.
It took me some time to get into the community since I was working very intensely with the production and beelife.
So this research has different paths that need to be tested very incrementally. I started for Stamet`s first discovery and a short article on a web journal about two years ago but I can experiment with living bees once they have published their findings in Nature…
The first goal is to simply make “Dead” fungus grown beehive enclosure that can be retrofitted to these BCN Warre Hives and see the overwintering (thermal insulation, breathing, humidity capture and its consequences, decay time, etc) capacities of such material. I am looking into this in a controlled experiment where 3 of the hives have fungus walls, and three of them do not. I am checking the honey before and after, and the Wax as well. Maybe they are chewing the soft parts if the myco
My main topic is 3d printing (FDM) with lignocellulosic substances for scaffolding. But that is rather for the form - function - material orientation.
During the winter, I will see the antibacterial substances in the living mycelium in the lab environment and will see if the bee-related pathogens survive together with the mycelium. So this is the living cells of the mushrooms like reishi that can have this effect.
The interesting thing is the propolis itself is pretty antimicrobial and it is a very strong glueing agent in the hive (they glued my Warre Hive parts)
I joined the community here to actually collaborate, if possible.
For the architectural application
I was in contact with @Jonathan_Minchin about two years ago.
Hi — Jenny — Roundwood, County Wicklow, Ireland — a bit slow to the party… I have one of the first limited edition pre-cut Barcelona Warre hives… 2015 …and about the same time also became a Flow Hive supporter. I’ve been to what I call Bee Camp every year since (Gormanston 1 week long Irish bee event/classes) and only got bees May 1 of this year (2019)… Struggling to get the Buzz Box up and running (tech issues) and am simultaneously using a Bee Hive Monitor sensor (Slovenia)… Crazy summer of bees but no mentor — luckily the hive knew to replace the queen (supersedure) and I managed to both get the bees into the Flow Hive frames as well as to draw out and fill up a medium super of heather (thixotropic) honey mid August to mid Sept. I now have 2 silvers and a gold medal from honey shows. None of the above would have been predicted. I think I must be on some version of Mr Toad’s Wild Ride. Heading into winter I’m drawing on the Warre approach — made a quilt box for the FH. Would love to get the Warre hive up and running… only thing holding me back is not knowing the best way to finish the ply with a breathable ‘sealant’. If you’ve read this far, I welcome your suggestions. "/