ColicAlert Equine Wearable Heart Rate Monitor

THE CHALLENGE

The vitality of the equine industry is damaged by a persistent, prevalent, and difficult-to-predict metabolic disease called colic. Colic is estimated to result in $115 million in losses annually. A major challenge in treating colic is that horses often fail to show conclusive clinical symptoms until the condition has progressed to the point that surgical intervention is required. Heart rate spikes are an early warning sign.

 

OUR SOLUTION

Researchers at Virginia Tech have produced a low-cost wearable heart rate monitor for the detection of heart rate elevations associated with pain, in particular the potential life-threatening condition of colic in horses. The wearable leverages commercially available microprocessors, IR sensors, and WiFi or Bluetooth data transfer to alert horse owners when heart rates change unexpectedly. 

Patent Information:
Category(s):
Animal/Veterinary
Devices
For Information, Contact:
Rozzy Finn
Licensing Officer
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
Rozzy@vt.edu
Inventors:
Caroline Leeth
Robin White
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