Photo: Mark Stone | University of Washington.
PC team designed a "backpack" sensor that weighs 102 mg, for the weight of seven grain of rice.
"We decided to use bumblebees because they were big enough to carry a small battery that can boost our system," said Iyer, a doctoral student at the Computer and Computer Communications Department of PC.
Unlike man made drops, bees can fly for hours and can also make sense of things that are not electronic objects in their ability, said Gollakota.
"With drone, you're flying around randomly," he said, "while bees are drawn to certain things, as the plants prefer to pollinate. And to learn about the environment , you can also learn a lot about how the bees behave. "
In September, a PC research team intends to present their findings in the MobiCom ACM 2019, an international forum dedicated to addressing the challenges in mobile computer and wireless and mobile networking areas .
This is not the first time for the team to reveal a method for flying flies. Depending on PC funding, last May they revealed RoboFly, netting insects that were powered by an invisible laser pitch set in photovoltaic cells, attached to the robot and converting laser light to electricity enough to operate it wings. But with the smallest battery that can be done so far it can be removed and land.
However, engineers do not intend to give them the best from RoboFly, as there are many promising applications that netting flies can handle we can not live. For one, RoboFly's flight patterns can be controlled, meaning that other things, among other things, can drop gas leaks, spread under plants to detect pests and diseases and slip into small areas to find survivors of a disaster.