Bee Buzzes But Doesn’t Sting

Have you heard of the latest Buzz? It’s about this Bumble Bee that doesn’t sting! Poor thing lost its stinging prowess to lifting heavy weights. Honestly, it’s just a pint-sized crane that does what most cranes do… the only difference is its compact size and Transformer-like capabilities. From a cylinder it expands out to a full-fledged crane! Yippee! Good for indoor hauling.

Designers: Yuan Biao, Qiu Meng, Liu Xiao & Tang Gang


  • Lamah says:

    Maybe I haven’t had much experience with this stuff, but wouldn’t a tall and heavy thing with a tiny base and tiny wheels be very difficult to transport? If you were pushing it, wouldn’t it fall forwards (where you will be in exactly the wrong place to stop it) as soon as it hits a bump? And wouldn’t it be awkward to pull behind you?

    It seems like a “hand truck”-like configuration would be preferable.

  • Keith says:

    Interesting concept, but there appears to be zero room in the packaging left for the actuators to make this thing work.

  • Glungoe says:

    Im not sure I understand its potential. could it move while carrying a shipment??? otherwise it would be limited to moving boxes just a few feet. Or is it major function stacking boxes 5 feet high??? novel “transformer” approach, but for the little it does, its not worth the big production.

  • Nice looking piece, much better looking than the 30 year old engine hoist I have in the shop. A engine hoist, is a crane you use to yank motors out of your car, something us old school types do from time to time…viva hot rodding!

    • Keith says:

      if it is an engine hoist, it should have the mast rotated 180 so that the engine would be raised over one of the legs.

  • Carl says:

    can see this tipping over

    • Confucius says:

      meee too, and the name bumble bee is completely original- Where is the subtlety?

  • Cromagnum says:

    I love the concept of a mini crane, as long as it is useful.
    What kind of capacity is envisioned?

    The problem i see:
    1) the box sized payload would be too close to the boom
    2) Cranes are difficult to use in office environments, and who really knows rigging? Or has the right chokers and slings?
    3) The legs need to be spread further for better anti-weeble-wobble/topple.
    4) What is your power source?

    Other thoughts:
    Will this have load shutdown features like real cranes?
    You might consider tensionarity for your machine.

    FWIW Something like this (very durable) already exists in the construction world:
    Sumner Manufacturing ROUST-A-BOUT
    They also make duct lifts that look like manual forklifts, something better for boxes.

  • Cromagnum says:

    Better names:

    Crane in an Urn
    Crane in a bottle


  • Lmo says:

    You have no counter-weight to oppose the load. The legs of an engine-hoist are under the load, and require no counter-weight.

    Raising and lowering a given load, in the position shown, should be no problem; other than you can not place it into anything (like a pickup truck bed).

    But as you “boom-down” the load (i.e. to place it in a pickup truck bed) the leverage increases; the closer the load is to the horizontal the greater the amount of counter-weight needed; in effect, the load increases.

    The “lever-age” is created by the distance from the base of the mast, and the point on the ground where the hook would land. Obviously as the boom lowers, the distance to the hook (lever) increases.

    Unworkable at best, dangerous at worst. Sorry.

    • Lmo says:

      Unlike the boom on this concept, the “boom” on ROUST-A-BOUT is a fixed length; the load simply goes up, or down.

      Since the distance from it’s base to the point on the ground where the hook would land is fixed, the “leverage” placed on the base can not change.

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