Australian artist Michael Candy developed and produced an innovative robotic flower that is designed to attract real bees. This invention may seem impractical, but the implications of this machine in the field of biomimicry are amazing and it shows a way in which technology can integrate with the natural world. The robotic flowers take inspiration from nature’s biotic pollination systems and are designed to attract bees and attach them with pollen. The flowers are controlled and activated with an array of servos and actuators that attach pollen and nectar to the attracted bee.
Candy was inspired to create this robotic flower because of the importance of bees in the ecosystem. The robotic flower would allow for the reproduction of natural flora through semi-natural means, and could ensure that bees remain an integral part of the natural ecosystem.
The robotic flower is still very much a conceptual piece, but with further adjustments and support it could see real-world applications.