- Connectivity: LoRa/Sigfox
- MCU: Arm Cortex M0 @ 16MHz
- Memory: 128KB Flash, 16KB RAM
- Silicon vendor: Nordic Semiconductor
The Bee Pad is a device that measures vital statistics within a hive to ensure optimum management and welfare for the resident bees. With precise weight measurements the beekeeper is able to service the hive at optimal times thus minimising stress on the colony and unnecessary visits. Knowing when the hive is ready for harvest allows the beekeeper to maximise yield. Alerts may also be set to notify the beekeeper of any sudden changes in hive weight which could imply the hive has been damaged, stolen or the swarm has left.
A collaborative Mbed community, rich Bluetooth APIs, ready to use industrial-grade sensors, driver software and easily accessible online IDE meant a part-time team of 1 engineer and 1 product manager could rapidly prototype their product. Once the proof of concept stage was complete, they switched to the offline tools to bring the product from concept to market in under 3 years.
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