This drone prototype gives bees a hand in pollinating flowers and could be a solution to the dwindling bee population

Chances are you don’t spend much of your time thinking about bees. Anna Haldewang, industrial design major at the Savannah College of Art and Design thinks that's not a good thing. And given that those little insects pollinate roughly $40 billion worth of produce each year, in the US alone and that nearly a third of all food is a result of bees and pollinators, she may be on to something. To put it mildly, if bees disappear, we’ll be in big trouble and given that their population has decreased by 30% in the last decade, this scenario is not all that improbable.

Part-awareness rising project, part-potential solution to a very real problem, Plan Bee is a self sustainable drone that stimulates the growth of plants by cross-pollination. The drone sucks pollen through tiny holes located underneath and then pushes it back out through the vents on top. As the drone flies over the field, the pollen will fall on the flowers nearby. The device is also equipped with a UV camera to locate the flowers.

Though Plan Bee is still in the prototype phase, Haldewang has filed a patent application and plans to develop a market-ready product within two years.

Plan Bee

Chances are you don’t spend much of your time thinking about bees. Anna Haldewang, industrial design major at the Savannah College of Art and Design thinks that's not a good thing. And given that those little insects pollinate roughly $40 billion worth of produce each year, in the US alone and that nearly a third of all food is a result of bees and pollinators, she may be on to something. To put it mildly, if bees disappear, we’ll be in big trouble and given that their population has decreased by 30% in the last decade, this scenario is not all that improbable.