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Robobees – these hairy drones can pollinate flowers

We’ve talked about the bees before (save them) and the serious problems that they’re facing. This is a problem for us because they pollinate a lot of the fruits and vegetables we eat. While we’re battling the issues that are killing them. But there’s been a new idea for a stop gap solution: Robobees made from off the shelf drones.

These tiny drones have hairy undersides that mimic the legs of bees. The drones themselves were purchased from store shelves. Once the hair has been applied, they are flown into flowers where they pick up and drop off pollen.

This has only been tested in a lab setting, not out in the wild as of yet. Still, it has shown some promise. This is not a solution to the death of bees. We still need to curb that. Plant flowers, stop polluting! But until humanity can get that turned around, something like these fuzzy drones might come in handy. Check out the video to see them in action.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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