In the last few years, producing your own food has become increasingly popular. Now, what if we told you that you could become a beekeeper inside your own house? Well, Philips made this possible by creating a stylish beehive for city population. Urban Beehive is perfect for amateur beekeepers even if you live in an apartment building, and have no garden or backyard.
Urban Beehive comprises of two parts – a tinted glass shell which contains honeycomb frames and allows you to see into the hive, and a flower pot that has an entryway leading to the glass shell through which the bees enter and leave the hive. Once the honey is harvested, all you need to do is to simply pull on the smoke actuator chain to calm the bees before you open the beehive.
Urban Beehive has a dual role – apart from, obviously, harvesting honey, it also gives its small contribution to the preservation of bees and encourages their return to urban environment. The concept is an integral part of the Microbial Home Project which is Philips’ contribution to creating domestic ecosystems through innovative solutions to lighting, food preservation, energy and cleaning. The concept is based on an assumption that house is a biological machine which can process, recycle and filter waste.
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