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TCP/IP BEES

Glue small radio n/w devices to bees
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Glue small two-way radios onto bees, each would form a node on a network.

As the bees go about their business of flying around doing stuff, you would be able to connect to the any of the nodes as they passed within range.

In theory you would be able to connect to the network from a fairly wide-range.

Back at the hive, put in a device which connections to the internet in a conventional way, and would also recieve any packets transmitted by bees.

Each bee-node would boost and re-send every signal it recieves - so that passing bees could pass the message back and forth between the hive and any terminals on the network. (eg your laptop)

Potential problems:

1. Glueing small radios to bees would no doubt require patience and dexeteriy.

2. Bees dying - (especially of perhaps hitherto-unknown electromagnetic-radiation-caused dieases) would need to be replaced regulary.

3. I don't know whether bees fly around at night, but if they don't the whole idea is buggered really.

monojohnny, May 27 2006

dragonfly tags http://news.bbc.co....ci/tech/4759615.stm
[po, May 27 2006]

Google's "pigeonrank" joke. http://www.google.c...ogy/pigeonrank.html
Nothing to do with TCP/IP. And, your mileage may vary, but ... this is trying so hard, it's painful to read for me. [jutta, May 27 2006]

RFC 2549: IP over Avian Carriers with QoS http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2549.txt
The RFC that gnomethang might have gotten mixed up with the previous link. Nothing to do with Google. [jutta, May 27 2006]

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       Instead of bees, you could use ducks. Maybe not quite so multicast, but you'd fit on larger packets. I suggest using a transmit and qu-ACK protocol.
Jinbish, May 27 2006
  

       all that quacking would produce echo interference
po, May 27 2006
  

       Good idea - ducks should be much easier to glue stuff to.   

       Also - to provide night-time coverage, bats also.   

       In fact maybe some of the bees will get eaten by the bats and ducks anyway - so (at least for a time) would automatically have the radio fitted.   

       In fact maybe a big vat of edible radios is the way to go - bats, ducks and other animals may eat them and unwittingly form part of the network.   

       (like the '(qu)ACK' jokes ;-) )
monojohnny, May 27 2006
  

       I thought that Google did this with carrier pigeons, already. Nothing fresh on the menu.
gnomethang, May 27 2006
  

       I think this communication system would just drone on and on. Pigs would be better for spam.
Ling, May 27 2006
  
      
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