NKTR (pronounced nectar) is a technologically advanced beehive. It includes an HD camera and sensors to track temperature, humidity, and noise level both inside and outside the hive, as well as tracking the presence of methane, alcohol, and carbon monoxide within the hive.
This project was done in partnership with Maxililian Lawrence, together with my knowledge of beekeeping and his experience with electronics, we spent 6 months designing, building and testing out this smart beehive.
By August of 2015 the hive was set up and collecting data 24/7. After I started school in Providence the hive couldn’t be maintained and we decided to put the project on hold. I am currently working with RISD to set up an apiary in Providence and plan to continue the project with Max once we establish a location to keep the bees.
The longstanding icon that represented the project for the year we worked on it was a honeybee with a plus and minus symbol set inside the wings. The infinity symbol with the plus and minus logo references the electronics company Arduino who’s products we used throughout the project. The logo for the project, was this icon sitting on top of the letters “NKTR” set in bold. The wordmark and tagline for NKTR were created for the website to promote the project.
August 6 2015
“On a makeshift workbench tucked into the far right corner of Wynn Geary’s backyard, a tangle of wires, computer chips, sensors and keyboards jockey for space. Next to the mess is a foot-and-a-half tall wooden box (in beekeeper speak, a ‘super’) that will, if all goes according to plan, neatly house the technology. The ‘smart hive’ will then stack onto one of Geary’s beehives, collecting and sending out a sophisticated stream of field data. That is, if it works.” Read more here…
“It’s a sunny afternoon in early June, and Wynn Geary’s beehives are abuzz with activity. In his Manayunk backyard, Geary checks on a hive full of bees that he and his father recently collected from a swarm in North Philly. He pulls a computer from a cooler next to another hive emblazoned with the words “Smart Hive,” and fires up a real-time video of the bees from a camera mounted inside the hive.” Read more here…
August 26 2015
“Geary, who just graduated from Science Leadership Academy, and his business partner, Max Lawrence, have been working for months to develop a “smart hive” that tests the activity of bees and can, hopefully, explain some reasons behind colony collapse disorder.” Read more here…