The urban beehive is a beautiful conceptual product that brings beekeeping home - no hooded suit or veil necessary!
Philips, the Dutch electronics company known for its cutting edge consumer products, is adding a new product to its portfolio; the urban beehive. This indoor beehive concept is designed to educate people about the world of bees and harvest the honey that they produce. Global bee populations are declining and the urban beehive hopes to aid in preserving the species.
The beehive functions in two parts: (1) a flowerpot that is located outdoors and doubles as an entryway to the hive (2) the glass vessel that acts as a hive and contains arrays of honeycomb frames.
The form glass beehive is a fantastic example of “biomimicry” or taking inspiration from nature to solve human problems. The vessel is sleek, yet true to the natural behavior of bees.
The frames contain a honeycomb-like texture to invite bees to build their wax cells there. The outer glass layer allows light to pass through the hive, which is vital because bees use the orange wavelength for sight. No hooded suit or veil is necessary to maintain this beehive, however smoke can be released into the hive to calm the bees down if necessary.
Why are bees important?
In addition to educating its users about the life of bees and providing delicious honey, this high tech beehive also provides benefits to the urban area it is located in by facilitating pollination. Most crops that bear fruits, including vegetables like squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes, require pollination by bees. Encouraging a healthy bee population in supports urban agriculture. More bees = more food!
Philips has created an elegant, eco-friendly product that enables consumers to really engage with natural creatures. Despite the beauty and benefits of the urban beehive, its buzzing occupants might scare off some consumers.
Readers, what do you think? Would you put an urban beehive in your home?
Source: Philips Design