Backyard beekeepers everywhere can now take their hobby to the next level with the new app-controlled hives from 'Hivemind.' The New Zealand-based company has created WiFi-connected hive scales as a way of helping urban beekeepers monitor the health of their bee colonies.
The new smart beehives scales have a built-in WiFi connection, which pairs with an accompanying smartphone app. The technology allows backyard beekeepers to track and record the precise weight and ambient temperature of their hive. This information can then be used to help manage bee colonies and monitor how each hive is performing.
The idea behind the app-controlled beehives is to collect data that can ultimately be shared with educators and research scientists. With better information and more precise data available, Hivemind believes that the new hives can help foster stronger honey bee populations.