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Nate
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Bluetooth devices available

I found a pretty interesting option for those looking for a wireless solution or a non tinkerers option for hive temp/humitity

http://broodminder.com/#FAQs

He says he thinks the BLE should be readable by a Raspberry PI and has the publishing information here
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2tjse1czzy2rmm5/AAASZ5ayS6-1S-zuZvPVhw_za?dl=0
No one else has tested it yet though

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Adrian
Bluetooth Sensors - tech dev plan

We are actively pursuing Bluetooth low energy sensor technology based on the Nordic nRF52 microcontroller. This is likely going to be a game changer for Hivetool, thanks for bringing it back to focus.
Nordic is chips are likely used in the Broodminder.
What will set us apart is the near real-time attribute with 24/7 cloud connectivity for data visualization, alarms etc. I feel It does mean that we refocus on the "Yard Controller" model, credit Ryan as he has worked on this approach already.
It goes to show, as a team we are way better than the sum of our parts.
I am putting together a revised technology development plan to circulate for input in light of these recent revelations.
We want to make sure our stakeholders are on-board and have the opportunity to contribute.
There are some other sensor technologies that offer great potential, stay tuned.
Adrian

Adrian Ogden

Adrian
APiS - Another attempt at hive monitoring crowd funding

APiS Technology - What can we learn from this;
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/apis-tech-smart-hive-monitor-for-ever...
Looks like a Bluetooth - smartphone hive monitor that failed to fund.
I don't see where they actually had a working prototype of the bee counter, there is a picture of a scale outfitted with hive monitor.
Some pretty big claims there!

Adrian Ogden

Nate
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Apis Comments

A couple things I do like about their product -

It looks looks they got themselves a 3d printer and make a custom box that fits into the entrance to hold the controller. a PI 0 may fit easily- not sure you could do the PI 2 or3

A mechanical bee counter seems to have a benefit of not needing a big assembly on the hive and camera mount.
Plus one would suspect that processing a video stream is going to be a pretty big CPU and power hog - not ideal for battery powered operations. I'm sure you have all searched for open source plans before... it looks like a number of tinkerers have posted plans like this one - I bet they used something like this one:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Honey-Bee-Counter-II/
This is about $40 bucks for the parts which is about the same as a camera plus cable plus enclosure

They do say that their platform supports comments and log entries - some of their storybook builds show user entries on the screens I think that's a pretty nice option.

Adrian
APiS Bluetooth sensors, Bee counter

The Apis sensor looked to be a work in progress, it appears they machined an entrance guard from aluminum bar stock but no sensors present.
Video bee counters have some limitations, power consumption, camera mounting, processing power to name a few. Ultimately I feel that electronic gates whether optical or capacitive hold a lot of promise. The optical one from indestructible is power hungry, apparently it's 100% duty cycle. I don't see any posts on instructable for many years. I've built a prototype that uses an IR gap sensor that's very low power but still won't work long on coin cells with BLE given that you need a minimum of 32 sensor/receivers. I'm into non contact capacitive sensors, no optics to foul.

Adrian Ogden

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