File this under beautifully useful things that don’t exist but I wish they did. In her project Bee’s, designer Susana Soares asks “what if we could use insects’ extraordinary sense of smell to prevent and diagnose illnesses?”
From My Modern Met: Using custom built glass containers with two separate chambers, participants can exhale into the smaller compartment as bees buzz about in the larger section. The bees, who naturally have an extraordinary sense of smell, are trained to track certain scents that are indicative of specific diseases. As a result, the bees would rush into the smaller chamber of the glass device, if they detected the presence of the specific disease they were trained to identify.
I also just want an interactive bowl of immortal bees for my coffee table.
Soares also uses insects in her project Am I Attractive? A clear sphere where people can test to see if they smelled attractive to mosquitoes or not. Perfect for camping season.