Robotic bees could pollinate plants in case of insect apocalypse
An interesting article appeared in The Guardian and reports that Dutch scientists say they can create millions of bee-like drones to take over if the insects die out.
This comes at a timely moment when bees and other pollinators are reported to be under threat. In a recent report the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations noted that “present species extinction rates are 100 to 1 000 times higher than normal due to human impacts”.
The solution of robotic bees by scientists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is an example of using ICTs to tackle world’s agricultural challenges.
“The wings of the robotic DelFly beats 17 times per second, to generate the lift need to stay airborne and control its flight through small adjustments in their wing motion” reports the article
Read the full article here.