Susana Soares, Design Interactions Department, Royal College of Art Face Object from the BEE'S project (Prototype) 2007

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In this series of diagnostic tools, trained bees perform health checkups, detect diseases, and monitor fertility cycles. "Bees have a phenomenal odor perception," Soares has explained. The Face Object has two chambers. If bees detect an odor in the breath connected to a disease, they will go into the smaller chamber. The Fertility Object has three chambers: the largest corresponds to ovulation, the second to pre-ovulation, and the third to post- ovulation. The Precise Object has an outer curved tube that prevents bees from flying accidentally into the interior diagnosis chamber, making for a more precise result.

Gallery label from This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, February 14, 2015–January 31, 2016.
Prototype by Crisform
Borosilicate glass
14 1/8 x 9 7/8" (35.9 x 25.1 cm)
Gift of The Aaron and Betty Lee Stern Foundation
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© 2024 Susana Soares
Architecture and Design

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