I'd like to develop an easily applied equine monitor that can be used to to monitor and track a few key vital measurements continuously and relay this information in real time of a horse and its performance. The application and consequential monitoring should require minimal human labour to administer. Vitals to be recorded and relayed should include
The challenge will be the lactate, glucose and VO2. I believe that the best way to achieve a continuous real-time monitor would be either an elastic strap around the neck to analyse sweat or to integrate an electrochemical sensor (or a collection of them) into the horses bit attached to the bridle which sits in the horses mouth to be able to analyse the saliva but would like to discuss other options with someone that has good experience in developing such commercial products.
The intention of the sensor(s) would be to relay wireless information to a platform so as to be able to monitor and inform the health of the horse and facilitate training programs in real time.
The project will be run across three distinct stages.
1) the discussion and agreement of the best way to collect the required data and the potential accuracy of the data collected supported (though not necessarily evidenced) by scientific research
2) the development of a proto-type and assistance through the manufacturing process to produce at a cheap commercial basis
3) development of the supporting software to analyse the data collected and set up an easy to use platform