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.
The Hiveeyes Project (https://hiveeyes.org)
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.
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
iPhone apidictor for acoustal beehive swarm detection
Building off Eddie Woods’ acoustical swarm detection machine, the Apidictor, Instructables user “hydronics” created this iPhone app.
Honey Bee Counter
Instructables user “hydronics” created this Bee Counter.