Horse racing is loved by many, but there's plenty that are not the biggest fans of the sport. That tends to have something to do with the welfare of the horses. Many suffer serious injuries as jockeys ride them towards the finish line or have even died out on the course.
That's why a clever wearable device developed by French startup Arioneo could go a long way to help trainers, owners and jockeys monitor the wellbeing of their horses.
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Equimètre is a sensor that fits onto the girth (strap around a horse's middle) and is capable of delivering a host of physical and physiological activity in real time. That includes heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature. It'll also generate movement tracking metrics such as speed and acceleration and monitors environmental conditions like humidity.
This information is relayed wirelessly back to companion smartphone or tablet app generating comprehensive reports where you'll be able to evaluate the stamina of the horse, compare fitness to other horses and will let you set up individual workouts. More interestingly, it promises to help identify the risks of overtraining and even help detect emerging diseases.
There is similar devices out there for monitoring and analyses horses, but with Equimètre, there is the unique ability to compare data with past sessions and put into context what the data means for the health of the racehorse.
Arioneo plans to launch the wearable in 2017, but there's no details as yet how much it's going to cost or how it will be sold. We're sure there'll be many curious to see whether this more comprehensive way of tracking could really make a difference.
Source: New Scientist