Bee Inspired

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DLD conference

Michael-John Gorman - Moderator:

• what can we learn from bees?

• Biotopia - a new museum platform at Schloß Nymphenburg Munich, life sciences museum

• to learn from species

How can we benefit from bees?

Tim Landgraf - Professor of Collective Intelligence and Biorobotics, Berlin:

• how to use robotics to learn more about real animals

• bees do fantastic things - how complex, how individual they are, finding sources, …

• bee dance (waggle dance): one bee finds a food source, keeps the memory of that place, fly back (kilometers!), information turned into a dance, dances on the honeycomb, followers decode the dance - crazy for an insect, so small, tiny brains, "simple animals“

• no ideas how the followers decode it, but it works

• chaotic movement, heat, vibration, other circumstances and now you should decode the movement

• built robot, moves as bee moves, talks to bees

• bees follows robot dance

• tracking bees with harmonic radar

• interested bees obey robot message

• supercomputing big data

Wolfgang Buttress, Artist:

• created „The Hive“ at Expo Milan 2015, the UK Pavillon, several awards won for it

• The Hive is now installed at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London, first UK Pavillon to have a second life and get reinstalled

• collaborated with scientist Dr. Martin Bencsik to develop it

• Dr. Bencsik: how bees communicate with each other, he measures vibration

• created hexagonal geometry, creating an abstracted analog of a honeycomb

• long complicated process - one year of developing

• hundred of thousands different components, bring up the ground to feel like a bee inside a green

• from far: chaos, but as closer you get, it’s getting more structured

Marc Koska, ApiJect:

• K1 - syringes, safer injections, was a widespread problem (cross-contamination through re-use of syringes and needles)

• K1 sold over 6 billion of his resulting first design

• K1 syringe successfully made the administration of vaccines and all drugs safer, through its revolutionary cost-effective Auto-Disable feature

• bee hives at home, his wife and he are fascinated by bees

• re-engineering products being around a long time, e.g. syringe

• K7, modeled like bee stings, flexible fill, filled with liquid, release with thumb, and other features - up to 3 mL

• safety needles

• from muscles (very deep) to only near surface

• clearance from WHO

• very robust, compact size/small - reducing costs by 8-9 times, can be used by untrained personnel = game changer