We are about to kick off a crowdfunding campaign for a WiFi version of our new Hive Strength Monitor.
So for all you hobbyists or researchers who would love to know how your hives are going each day, let us know now so we can build in some earlybee prices for Hivemind newsletter readers.
The modules will be around US$150, but we will aim to have the first units for newsletter readers at US$125, so if you want one (or two) please let us know so we can work out how many to have at that introductory price. We will also give you a heads up and preview of the campaign page when it is ready in the next couple of weeks.
So what is it again? The Hive Strength Monitor clips onto your bottom brood box, measures the brood temperature, ambient temperature, and keeps a count of numbers of bees coming and going from the hive every 30 minutes, and will report this back via your WiFi, or store it all until a smartphone with the new app is in range.
This will allow you to see if the brood temperature is nice and stable in 32-36 deg C range which tells you the queen is healthy and laying, see what time your bees start flying each day, when they come home, and how the numbers are building up each day, particularly in spring. It allowed us to save one of our hives at the start of last winter when it was struggling to maintain brood temperature as the nights got cold.
Again please let us know now if you are interested, by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org