We have developed many different prototypes of a mechanical model of a dancing honeybee. The recent prototypes are based on a simple plotter design. The bee replica is moved in a plane by two motors and rotated by a third. Numerous stimuli can be produced by the model: Heat, wing oscillations, air flows, sounds, scents and more. And it can move in the typical waggle dance shape.
This video shows a robotic dance – followed by a honeybee.
The robot carries two micro-cameras that enable it to prevent collisions. The cameras are used to recognize also those bees that might be interested in a sugar sample that can be delivered promptly by the robot.