Many rational people would argue that as pets go, bees are decidedly of the outdoor variety.
But a new concept from Philips is trying to bring these humming insects inside—all in the name of fresh honey.
The urban beehive features a sleek glass container with natural honeycomb frames, thoughtfully designed to showcase your beautiful honeybees in any room of your choosing. An outdoor funnel connects the indoor portion to a flower pot where bees can feed.
When you’re ready for fresh honey, just pull on a handy smoke actuator to calm bees down as you collect their sticky, sweet product.
An indoor bee hive. What could go wrong?
The urban beehive, which is just a concept for now, is part of Philips' Microbial Home project, a set of design concepts that aim to boost sustainability efforts within a home environment. With bee populations on the decline, this artificial system might be a great way to promote honey bee preservation.
But for those allergic to bees, it might be one very painful experiment.