There’s an app for that
A high-tech halter has been developed so horse owners can check their beloved equine’s vital signs by remote.
Nightwatch, which is currently about to go on sale in the United States but will soon be marketed worldwide, allows owners to check their horses’ heart and respiratory rates, motion and posture, all with the use of a smartphone.
Biomedical engineer Jeffrey Schab, of Texas, developed the device a er his beloved horse Snoop died of colic in 2013. “He was just eight years old and died alone in the middle of the night in his stall.
“I vowed to not let his death be in vain, and immediately started to invent a solution that could prevent others from experiencing the same pain that my partner Wade and I did.”
e sensor can be worn as a halter or as a simple strap around the top of the horse’s head. It monitors real-time statistics from the horse, which are sent from the device to an app on a phone or computer, that can then notify the owner if the horse’s condition changes.
Nightwatch is undergoing safety and compliance tests, but can be pre-ordered for around $US500 ($NZ735).