‘Magic Beans’ Monitor Grain Bins

Jack the giant killer was right to believe the beans were magic.

Enchanted beans are no longer a fairy tale proposition for agriculture. Thumb-sized plastic beans, packed with a world of sensor circuitry, may soon be ready for grain bins and storage facilities. No handheld devices or elaborate moisture monitoring system required. Toss in a magic pod to monitor grain vitals. One bean to mind them all.

A crop in storage is the lifeblood of a farm, and Andrew Holland’s groundbreaking BeanIoT technology is blazing an unprecedented path of grain protection. Think computer in a bean. Thumb-sized sensor pods are dropped in the auger and become part and parcel of storage. Wirelessly charged plastic beans conduct a sensory symphony, reporting data 24-7 to a smartphone or remote hub. BeanIoT is a grid in a grain stack.

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