There is a decline in bee populations that even retail company Walmart wants to get involved. Recently, the company filed a patent for robotic bees or pollination drones that can help in crop pollination.
Aside from the one published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Walmart also submitted five other patents for farming drones. One of these drones can track plant pests and another can monitor the health of different crops, as reported by the international publisher of academic and research journals, Science Alert.
The bee drone patent describes that the robot is built with tiny cameras that can spot and detect locations of crops that need pollinating. To make sure that there is successful pollination, the robot bees are also equipped with sensors.
Although it remains unclear as to what the exact goals of Walmart are for filing the patents of these robot bees, it may be a sign that the company is hoping to venture into the agriculture industry or to gain more control in the food supply chain process. This is in consideration of the fact that Walmart has also focused on the business of grocery delivery.
This is not the first time for the giant retail chain to experiment on the use of robots. They have even tested scanner robots by Bossa Nova Robotics to monitor the inventory in its stores.