April 12, 2018 – Courtesy of GeekWire.com by Taylor Soper.
Horse monitoring might not be the first application of computer vision-based machine learning that comes to mind. But investors like what they see with Magic AI.
The Seattle startup has reeled in a $1.2 million seed round to expand StableGuard, its 24-hour monitoring and alert system for horses.
“If this happens in the middle of the night when no one is watching, they can go all night with this and in the morning often times it’s too late,” Anthony told GeekWire in October. “That’s what happened with my horse. I found him at 8 the next morning and he had been toxic for 15 hours so we had to put him down. But if there was something that had notified me as soon as he was showing symptoms of distress I could have gone out there and I could have given him a shot of banamine and we could have prevented it. He probably would still be here today.”
Via a video camera in a horse’s stall, StableGuard works by learning to recognize various signals put off by the animal related to everything from stress, comfort related to temperature, food and water consumption, waste evacuation, pregnancy and security. StableGuard users are alerted via mobile app if the artificial intelligence detects an issue with a horse.