Thanks to a University of Missouri professor of equine surgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine, a commercially available product can detect horse lameness. Inputs from MEMS accelerometers and a gyroscope are transmitted by a Bluetooth® wireless transceiver (within 150 yards) to a motion computing tablet PC. Accelerometers are mounted the horse’ head and pelvis and a gyroscope is mounted on the right forelimb. Lameness Locator software in the PC performs the analysis. The system samples motion at a higher frequency than the human eye and removes the bias that frequently accompanies a subjective human evaluation. Earlier detection of lameness simplifies the treatment.
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