Bee Health Guru: Helping beekeepers keep healthy bees
For many, beekeeping is a labor of love. And who doesn't love to keep their bees healthy?
Traditionally, keeping your bees healthy mean suiting up, donning your gloves, getting your smoker fired up, smoking the bees to calm them down, cracking the lid of the box, using your bee tool to loosen the frames, lifting the frames out, and then examining your bees carefully.
What if your bees could be the guru and tell you whether or not they are healthy? The Bee Health Guru app lets you do just that.
The Bee Health Guru is an Android and Apple iOS smartphone that our team of Montana bee researchers have been working on for almost a decade. Our lead researchers Jerry and Colin have been working with bees for over 30 years each, and from that and working with thousands of beekeepers around the world they have always suspected that bees made different noises when they had different things wrong with them. Using sophisticated research techniques and state of the art audio equipment that we've shipped to expert beekeepers around the world, our team has collected the specific sounds bees make when they are not well. Then we coupled that with our specially developed artificial intelligence (AI) programming to bring you a smartphone app that takes just 30 seconds to listen to your bees and then uses our proprietary database of sounds and AI to tell you within seconds what, if anything, is wrong with your bees.
After listening to your bees, the Bee Health Guru will tell you within seconds what, if anything, is wrong with your bees. This hive has foul brood, which is particularly difficult for new beekeepers to identify.
To help beekeepers keep healthy bees, we've built information into the app to help you understand health issues with your bees. This hive is reporting a slight issue with Varroa Mites. Anyone who is not sure what that means can find out, right inside the app, with pictures included!
For those needing more help, or wanting to help other beekeepers, we've built access to an online beekeeping community right into the app!
Using the Bee Health Guru smartphone app is easy! Just put on your beekeeping gloves, press the big red record button, and slide your phone into the hive entrance.
The app will beep when the 30 second scan is over, and you just pull the phone back out of the hive, let our AI quickly do its work, and read the results. Usually your phone will be covered with bees, so just brush them off carefully!
Why do we need your help?
The money we raise from this Kickstarter will go to paying for a data analytics professional to help our team improve and update the Bee Health Guru AI algorithms to make the Bee Health Guru app better.
We are looking for your help to push this project across the finish line, and to help us improve the app! We want YOU to be citizen scientists and help us improve the Bee Health Guru app. 100% of the money raised will go to making improvements to the app...improvements that beekeepers like you or your friends who are beekeepers tell us they want to see. As citizen scientists, we are wanting our Bee Health Guru app users to use the app, and then tell us what they are seeing inside their hives. The Bee Health Guru app has a built-in reporting function that will allow users to record what they are seeing, comparing it to what the Bee Health Guru app is hearing, and report all that back to us here at Bee Health Guru so we can make the app better!
Your Bee Health Guru Team
Your Bee Health Guru team is made up of world class researchers and scientists. Jerry Bromenshenk, our lead researcher, has over 30 years as a professor of biology at the University of Montana, and teaches the only online Master Beekeeping Program, offered for University Level Academic Credit, in North America, with students from every state, every province, and 15 other countries: University of Montana Online Beekeeping Course
The team was featured on the front page of the New York Times as a result of a paper published in the international journal PLoS One where, with a team of researchers from the Army, they showed a connection between the iridovirus and microspordian and colony collapse disorder (more commonly called CCD). Jerry and Colin Henderson are shown in the picture below.
That PLoS One paper is here, https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0013181.
The Bee Health Guru app was recently featured in The Economist: " new app listens to the problems of bees". You can read the full article here: https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2018/03/28/a-new-app-listens-to-the-problems-of-bees
Our developer who put together the beautiful interface and programmed the smartphone app is Geoff Pepos, with irisdigiarts.com
Our programmer who developed the Artificial Intelligence software to be able to match the sounds of bees captured by the Bee Health Guru app at the hive entrance to our proprietary database of sounds is Bob Seccomb.
Recently Bee Culture Magazine featured the Bee Health Guru app, and the editor says "Editor’s Note: We here at Bee Culture have been reading The Economist for decades, and have found it to be, in our opinion, the most unbiased, factual, and best research-oriented global news magazine on the planet. That they find this research project worthy of note is, again in our opinion, a very loud voice of support for this project. "
The entire Bee Culture Magazine article is here: https://www.beeculture.com/catch-the-buzz-a-new-app-listens-to-the-problems-of-bees-matching-honey-bee-noises-to-their-ailments/
Beekeeping Today very recently recorded a podcast from Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk and Dr. David Firth, two of the Bee Health Guru team about the app.
That podcast can be listened to here: http://beekeepingtodaypodcast.com/dr-jerry-bromenshenkdr-david-firth-bee-health-guru-uom-master-beekeeper-program-026?fbclid=IwAR1O3yQ6wwUIJdmGCgbI5uFBzrO41BOAl2QDd0nTjBi7xONCTMwY8OHLFkI
The Bee Health Guru app has also been covered on television.
The Bee Health Guru was recently featured in the American Bee Journal - May 2019 issue
Risks and challenges
Any new smartphone app has issues. For ours, we think the main issue is with the different types of phones that will be used. Part of our goal with this Kickstarter is to better understand any issues arising from different types of phones.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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