Susana Soares BEE’S project. Prototypes. 2007
Face Object: Blown handmade glass, 14 1/8 x 9 7/8” (36 x 25 cm) diam. Prototype by Crisform, Portugal (2007)
Fertility Cycle Object: borosilicate, 10 1/4 x 6”, (26 x 15 cm) diam. Prototype by Vilabo, Portugal (2007)
“Bees have a phenomenal odor perception,” explains designer Susana Soares. “They can be trained within minutes using Pavlov’s reflex to target a specific odor. Their range of detection goes from pheromones and toxins to disease diagnosis.”
Soares has conceived a series of alternative diagnosis tools that use trained bees to perform a health checkup, detect diseases, and monitor fertility cycles. The Face Object has two chambers: the larger one serves the function of a bee container and the smaller one serves as the diagnosis space.
Bees trained to target a specific odor in the breath, a marker of a particular condition, will go into the smaller chamber if they sense it. The Fertility Cycle Object has three chambers of different sizes, relating to the different fertility cycles: the largest chamber corresponds to the ovulation period, the second to preovulation, and the third to postovulation. Depending on the period of the cycle, the bees fly into a specific chamber
The BEE project was published in Ad!dict #29