Walmart files patent for IoT Robotic Bees that pollinate plants

Retail giant, Walmart, has joined many in trying to resolve the problem facing our world caused by the endangerment of bees.  Bees are regarded to be one of the world’s most important species as most crops (about 70 percent) today require pollination to develop fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.     On 8 March 2018, Walmart filed a patent for autonomous robotic bees which can pollinate plants.  Five other patents were also filed and these included additional farming drones such as drones used to track down pests and drones to…

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Walmart “Smart Shipping” and the Blockchain

On 1 March 2018, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released an application by Walmart to patent a device described a “Smart Package”.  This is a device that would record information on a blockchain regarding the contents of the package, environmental conditions, and location for example.       Walmart has indicated that this “Smart Package” could be used in tandem with other connected devices such as autonomous vehicles, drones.       Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular which also brings about new challenges.  In the patent application,…

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IoT and Blockchain, a Match made in Heaven

What is IoT? The Internet of Things (IoT) is a collective name for hardware devices linked to the internet from high-level devices such as smartphones to very simple devices like a kitchen device or a sensor. The IoT market has been on an upward trend for the last few years and started to grow exponentially  in 2017 and there are IoT projects ongoing from “Smart Agriculture” to “Smart Cities” Gartner research estimates  20.4 billion internet-connected devices in use by 2020 which raises many questions regarding the shortcomings that come with conventional…

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