By Tyler Short
Anna Haldewang, an industrial design student at Georgia’s Savannah College of Art and Design has created a drone that is capable of pollinating flowers. “Plan Bee” (Haldewang’s name for the drone) is approximately the size of a fist and is made of plastic on the outside and foam on the inside. As Plan Bee hovers over flowers, the drone’s tiny holes on the underneath section of the drone suck pollen into the device and then blow the pollen out while flying over other flowers. Currently Plan Bee is only a prototype and is patent pending; however, Haldewang hopes that Plan Bee becomes commercial in two years.
This invention is impactful because pollination is often needed for plants to reproduce, and many plants depend on bees to act as the pollinators. Unfortunately, several species of bees are on the endangered-species list, which is diminishing the number of pollinators in the world. Consequently, Haldewang’s creation of Plan Bee could prove to be revolutionary as it has the potential to supplement the bee population as a pollinator.
Moreover, inventors in the drone industry continue to invent revolutionary technology spanning across several industries. Followers of the drone industry understand the importance of drones for agriculture (i.e. crop monitoring, crop spraying, soil and field analysis, etc.); however, Haldewang has invented a technology that focuses on a different area than the typical agriculture related drones. Ultimately, the invention of a drone to supplement the necessary work of bees proves that there remains additional opportunity for inventors willing to think outside the box.