January 11, 2013
Swiss farm animals have been texting like a bunch of teenagers lately. Anemon of Saint-Imier, Switzerland, has rigged up a system that texts farmer's cell phones when their cows are in heat.
Anemom linked an internal temperature sensor and an accelerometer (which measures movement) to a cellular transmitter to detect and signal estrus. Farmers can have the company install phone-service SIM cards that fit their wireless plan.
Meanwhile, sheep got in on the texting action, too. Biologist Jean-Marc Landry of KORA, a Swiss carnivore research group, connected heart rate monitors to text transmitters. When sheep in a research trial were scared by wolf-like dogs, their triple-speed heartbeats triggered texts.
Reprinted in part from The Furrow