The International Centre for Birds of Prey has teamed up with Arduino electronics maker Microduino to invent innovative electronic eggs that can be placed into vultures' nests and help shed light on the magnificent creatures' habitats.
The so-called Eggduinos are artificial sensor eggs that look highly realistic. But what the vultures don't know is that these electronic eggs are home to a Bluetooth module, humidity sensor, barometer, gyroscope and accelerometer, not to mention a high-tech sensor that is capable of measuring the strength of magnetic fields. The shells are also embedded with accurate temperature sensors.
The EggDuinos are set to be assessed in labs before being field-tested in either India or Africa in the coming months. Ultimately, these innovative sensor-packed eggs will help researchers better understand the conditions under which vultures breed, valuable knowledge that can help inform conservation efforts for birds of prey.