Data track via smart implants
A BREAKTHROUGH in the form of “fitbits” for cows, or EmbediVets as the devices are known, look like becoming market reality as soon as early 2019, according to biohacker and Livestock Labs chief executive Tim Cannon.
An abandoned concept for human implant “fitbit” devices crossed species to match with a project at GrowLab, a “deep tech accelerator” program developed by Cicada Innovations and MLA Donor Company that supports accelerated commercialisation of technological innovations for the red meat industry.
Livestock Labs have partnered directly with MDC to co-fund large-scale paddock trials with commercial producers and research herds at Charles Sturt University and the University of New England.
Implanted under the chin using local anaesthetic, the trackers will transmit data such as consumption of food and water, number of steps taken and health indicators like temperature and changes in heart rate. This could allow producers to remotely monitor and detect early the onset of illness, distress or labour.
This data will be managed through a smartphone app with built-in alerts.