Honeybees are not native to the United States. They were introduced in the 17th Century by colonizers so we could have honey and beeswax. While some honeybees have managed to escape their hives and start new colonies in the wild—hence why you may have honeybees in your backyard—most of the population of honeybees in the US are managed by beekeepers.
Although not native, honeybees have become an important resource for the US. In 2019, the USDA reported there are just over 2.8 million honey-producing colonies—producing 157 million pounds of honey. So it’s safe to say that America loves their honey.
Yet with climate change on our heels, we’re seeing weather changes like never before. These weather changes are disrupting agriculture and farming, and that includes bees. Bees are used to being at a certain temperature in their natural habitat. However, since 2006, an average of 28.7% of managed hives haven’t survived through Winter.
Enter, Hyper Hyve, an insulated smart beehive designed to keep bees happy and safe, no matter the climate. This cloud-based technology is revolutionizing beekeeping, and will certainly save the beekeepers, and the bees, from devastating consequences.
The Hyper Hyve keeps track of internal temperatures, humidity levels, and weight so beekeepers can track the colony growth and honey production. Just like a baby monitor, they can monitor their hive from their phone. It works wirelessly and stores data in the cloud, and comes with a solar panel on top, so all it needs is a little sunshine to work.
Currently in testing stages, the Hyper Hyve hopes to be available in the coming months. If you, or someone you know is interested, you can join the waitlist here.
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