My team and I are engineers/scientists who are passionate about sustainable agriculture, keep bees and have been helping local beekeepers monitor the health and behaviors of their bees -- we’ve created something like a heart monitor for beehives called EyesOnHives and we have a version that's now working on a Raspberry Pi!
The device leverages a pretty interesting image processing algorithm but is simple and non-invasive for the sake of the bees. When placed a few feet from a hive entrance, it tracks activity all day, every day while reporting whether the colony is healthy (or not) based on the bees’ activity signature, and analytics running on our servers.
In the EyesOnHives app, beekeepers can view videos of their bees, get alerts on trending activity and share data+video with friends, family and other beekeepers.
We’ve been running a pilot with 15+ hives and so far beekeepers have told us that EyesOnHives helped them rescue colonies affected by ant infestation, robbing and queenlessness - which we’re really happy about!
More detail can be found at: http://www.keltronixinc.com but interested in some community feedback. What do you think?
We also just launched a kickstarter - please check out the project and share any feedback here! http://kck.st/1Pqz5ZV