The Artificial Pollinator
Marko Miletic, Gerard Cirera
Floor Location : S 212 V
This project aims to tackle the problem of future pollination by means of designing an artificial pollinator capable of replacing bees as the most prominent pollinators in the world.
In as little as 2 years from now, the world's most important pollinator may be completely extinct. Bees are in great danger today due to overuse of diesel engines and pesticides, and their numbers are declining rapidly. This project aims to solve this problem by developing an artificial pollinator capable of replacing bees completely. Rather than focusing on the system of implementation or the specific mechanical aspects of the robotic bee, this project explains the complex operation of the robot.
During the design process, many factors must be considered, such as navigation and transportation. After researching different ways for the pollinator to accomplish these objectives, I explored how bees in nature operate. Thus, many of the artificial pollinator's functions are inspired by actual bees, like using the sun as its prime system of navigation and the principle of dynamic stall to fly.
The artificial pollinator is an effective option for solving the problem of future pollination and survival of plants and the environment. It operates on its own with little to no maintenance required and accomplishes what natural pollinators do today. With a good plan to put this design into action, this could be the leading initiative in solving the world's problem of pollination.