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Homemade Mashup Hive Monitoring Systems

Some beekeepers with software and hardware technical skills have put together hive monitoring systems for very little money. These mashups indicate the potential of the most-recent technologies. If you have the skills, you may be able to build one yourself. These are far from being commodity systems, but are good sources of inspiration. If you are aware of a honey bee hive monitoring website that is not listed here, please contact us with that URL using the form on this website. We also appreciate notification of any URLs that are no longer functioning.

See also Monitoring Components / Sensing for more homemade technologies.

Electronic Hive scale

Fighting With Technology Blog
Instructions for making a scale that is readable via USB with better than 1lb resolution for less than $50.
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The Hiveeyes Project (
The Hiveeyes Project is developing a flexible beehive monitoring infrastructure platform and toolkit based on affordable hardware, wireless telemetry and modern software. Open source, open hardware and a friendly community.


Weight and Temperature Monitoring
A collection of readily available, off-the-shelf hardware and Open Source software to continuously monitor a bee hive.
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Beehive Ventilation

Beehive Ventilation: We Need to Know More and Do Better.pdf
“Beekeepers universally agree that ensuring sufficient ventilation is vital for sustaining a thriving, healthy honey bee colony. Despite this fact, surprisingly little is known about the ventilation and flow patterns in beehives.”
– Sudarsan, Thompson, Kevan, & Eberl, 2016
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iPhone Apidictor

iPhone apidictor for acoustal beehive swarm detection
Building off Eddie Woods’ acoustical swarm detection machine, the Apidictor, Instructables user “hydronics” created this iPhone app.
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Bee Counter

Honey Bee Counter
Instructables user “hydronics” created this Bee Counter.
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  1. I learned something very similar using the Arduino shield. In the network there are many individual projects, but this is the first blend of features very interesting. Do they have a web site ?

  2. Paul,
    Assume you are referring to the Korean kids’ project.
    Although the video said they were planning to continue with it, I could not find any further info on this project.

    1. found !

  3. hello

    I’m Portuguese do you have mor information about this project ?


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