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With IoT you too can turn your home into a giant flashing ‘HORSE BIRTH NOW’ klaxon

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Complete with loop of neighing noises and phone alerts

With IoT you too can turn your home into

With IoT you too can turn your home into

An American company has devised a system that takes over your entire home, makes all your lights start flashing and broadcasts neighing noises through the whole house when your pregnant horse starts giving birth.

Custom electronics trade news website CE Pro, reporting on this interesting mashup of smart home and Internet of Things gear, mused: “Couldn’t an imminent birth tap into these vast technological resources, maybe prompting an announcement over the in-house speakers?”

This alarming, but, for equinologists, apparently quite useful system, was put together by California-based Simply Sight and Sound on the request of client Aimee Davis, a smart home enthusiast and horse breeder from Chino Hills.

The problem appears to be that when Aimee is in the house, she cannot monitor her horses outside during foaling season. Already having a “whole-house A/V and smart home system” installed, she naturally turned to technology.

Warning: if you are of weak stomach, about to eat or have recently eaten, you may not wish to read past this point. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES click any of the links from here onwards if you are squeamish. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

A surprisingly well-advanced technological market exists for monitoring foaling horses. The one used in the whole-home blurt system was something called Foalert, which CE Pro said incorporates a transmitting device that is sutured by a vet “to the mare’s privates”. An explanatory video of this process is available on YouTube, and we’ll let you, dear reader, sully your browsing history by watching it (for the record, CE Pro found this video, not us, and your correspondent held out for about 15 seconds).

We can’t really improve on CE Pro’s description of how Foalert functions:

 The device works like a typical normally-closed door/window sensor. That thing that happens down there when mom is ready … opens up a gap between the two elements of the sensor, causing the transmitter to send an RF signal to the old-fangled Foalert receiver, which plays some beeping noises through the on-board speaker.

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