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MAJOR REVISIONS, 2021

Bee Health Guru KS has been extensively revised. We have added user functions such as the ability to save your own records, map the locations of your colonies, produce a map of the health of your colonies by each of the eight health factors such as queen status, presence or absence of mites, foul brood, etc.

The mapping function is based on visual inspections. For the first time ever, each user can contribute to a global database of colony health variables in real-time, as soon as the visual inspection reports are uploaded with the acoustic recordings.

We are still asking for help with respect to calibrating the acoustics. We received thousands of recordings, but many were of poor quality or submitted without any inspection reports. For 2021, we are asking our community of citizen scientists to use a recommended external microphone - and please, don't sing or talk while recording your colonies.

Everyone who donated and received a copy of bee health guru ks should be able to download the 2021 upgrade, if you use the same email by which you received the original copy. If you donate again, you will be providing funds to add more user-friendly options.

If you belong to a bee association, consider organizing a group effort to help us plot bee health problems in real time and to continue to calibrate the app.

Thank you for your continued support. We are adding training videos and will start hosting live virtual meetings to meet with and talk to users about our app.
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  • Sound volume when timer is complete.

    Make the done tone louder when the 30 or 60 secs are done and also when the analysis is complete.
    Or better yet give me a way to set the volume myself.

  • #2
    Bigbeedaddy, this is a great point, thank you. Setting the volume as loud as possible before the scan would be a good idea. We will let other users know that. I don't think we can build that in to the Bee Health Guru app, unfortunately, but I will check with our programmer.
    iPhone 6 running Bee Health Guru
    The information provided by the Bee Health Guru is not intended to provide solutions to problems. It is given as a suggestion only. A multiplicity of factors could be impacting the health of your bees. We are not responsible for any health issues of your bees, including death, swarming, colony collapse, or issues arising from treatments as a result of any suggestions provided by the Bee Health Guru smartphone app, the Bee Health Guru team, or any answers posted in the accompanying BeeHealth.Guru online forum.

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    • #3
      Most smart phones only increase the volume of the output to the speakers. There's a visible marker (count-down) clock for the recordings, and an activity bar for the analyses. If we could adjust the recording volume, we'd really like to do that, but so far, that requires a pre-amp with a matching external microphone. I will add you tip to the Instructions. I do suggest going to settings to maximize the brightness of the screen display.
      The information provided by the Bee Health Guru is not intended to provide solutions to problems. It is given as a suggestion only. A multiplicity of factors could be impacting the health of your bees. We are not responsible for any health issues of your bees, including death, swarming, colony collapse, or issues arising from treatments as a result of any suggestions provided by the Bee Health Guru smartphone app, the Bee Health Guru team, or any answers posted in the accompanying BeeHealth.Guru online forum.

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      • #4
        Making the countdown clock letters a bit darker would help us red/green colorblind folks a bit. It isn't a big deal, for I just stood back and waited until the graph screen appeared. The numbers do fade against the background, but this is way down on any priority list.

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        • #5
          Thanks for considering my request. I was trying to put the phone in the hive and leave to do some other things, and was hoping I would hear it "ding" and go back. Now I just wait for a while, and go back to look for the data screen. Not the end of the world.

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