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Fitbit-like device for horses aims to save equine lives

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By ITN News Editor April 6, 2019 13:10

Fitbit-like device for horses aims to save equine lives

A British academic has created Fitbit-like wearable technology for horses, aimed at monitoring their vital signs to improve their performance and prevent equine deaths.The system, called EquiVi, features three sensors positioned on a horse’s neck, on one of its legs and on a thick area of its skin.

The sensors monitor the animal’s heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, temperature, respiratory rate and blood pressure.Live data can then be sent to a tablet for owners, trainers, veterinarians or others to analyse. Existing equine-monitoring equipment typically does not work while the animal is moving and is designed for owners’ use only, the University of Bath says. EquiVi allows the horse to be monitored while in a stable, traveling, while receiving medical care and during exercise, the university adds. Using the data, the hope is a profile can be built of each horse.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 6, 2019 13:10
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