08 Nov '11, 6pm

Urban Beehive of the Future Unveiled by Philips

Urban Beehive of the Future Unveiled by Philips

As part of its Microbial Home concept, electronics giant Philips has unveiled a new way to keep bees in the city. The Urban Beehive is a see-through version of a hive, which can also be hung up on a wall rather than kept on the ground. Philips states, "The design of the beehive is unconventional, appealing, and respects the natural behavior of the bees. It consists of two parts: entry passage and flower pot outside, and glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside. The glass shell filters light to let through the orange wavelength which bees use for sight. The frames are provided with a honeycomb texture for bees to build their wax cells on. Smoke can be released into the hive to calm the bees before it is opened, in keeping with established practice." I'm curious to see if a bee colony really would take to this kind of design, rather than to a hive that is...

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