Data track via smart im­plants

Central and North Rural Weekly - - CRITICAL HEALTH DELAY -

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.

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