March 22, 2019
Most of us already know about the birds and the bees, but a recent scientific riff puts a spin on the old adage.
Scientists have found a way to allow communication between a group of two normally separate species — fish and bees — employing the use of specially designed robotic interpreters.
Using a combination of embedded robotic ‘spies’ and terminals — one in a colony of bees and the other, a swimming animatronic robot, among a school of fish — researchers were able to capture signals from the two disparate species and translate them into a language that each could understand.
While a terminal inside the bees’ colony communicated by fluctuating air temperature, movement, and vibrations, the robot spy embedded in the school of fish changed its color, speed, and movements.
As a result, the bees began to swarm outside of their terminal while the fish started to change their swimming patterns, going counterclockwise.
This article was posted: Friday, March 22, 2019 at 6:40 am