Wearable Tech in Environmental Science

Micro wearable devices are already present in fitness, fashion, automotive and even medicine. Increasingly, wearables are revolutionizing performance and safety in industries such as mining, construction and shipping. Meanwhile in Hobart, Australia, a team of scientists is experimenting with wireless micro devices on some of the hardest workers in the world: honey bees.

By installing micro sensors on bees, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) is looking to find a solution for Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious disease that wipes out entire hives.

Scientists basically freeze the bee for few seconds, strap a 2.5 mm square chip on its back, release the subject, and track the bee’s behavior. Paulo de Souza, Lead Scientist at CSIRO says that “the sensors appear to have no impact on the bee’s ability to fly and carry out its normal duties”. He also states that "any change in their behavior indicates a change in their environment. If we can model their movements, we'll be able to recognize very quickly when their activity shows variation and identify the cause."

This experiment is proof of the rapid diversification of wearable device applications. It seems that all professional sectors are gradually identifying existent needs and opportunities for wearables!