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Old 08-08-2012, 11:16 AM
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If you needed another reminder of how weirdly incredible technology is, this is it. Sheep will soon be able to alert their shepherds that a wolf attack is imminent by sending a text. No, this is not a joke.

Before you start imagining sheep fishing mobile phones out of their wool (now there's some fun imagery), the text actually comes from a collar around the sheep’s neck. The collar monitors the sheep’s heartbeat, which naturally increases significantly before an attack as the sheep senses the presence of a predator.

Once it detects an elevated heartbeat, the collar emits a repellant to drive the attacker away (which would probably be pretty strong coming from a whole herd). It then alerts the shepherd via SMS to check on the flock—hopefully, the shepherd doesn’t live too far from the sheep.

The collar is only just at prototype stage, but it proved successful in preliminary tests where two muzzled wolf-like dogs “attacked” 10 Swiss sheep. Testing in Switzerland and France will begin at the end of the year, and into 2013. Other countries are also interested in the developing technology.

The developers hope the collar will not only reduce the amount of wolf attacks (which are on the rise in Switzerland), but it could also be a low-cost solution for shepherds who can't afford sheepdogs or keep guard dogs for smaller flocks.

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Old 08-08-2012, 11:43 AM
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Re: Sheep Alert Farmers To Attacks

are they really losing out on that much money?
Thats some tech farming

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Old 08-08-2012, 12:30 PM
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Re: Sheep Alert Farmers To Attacks

What if the sheep are fucking or playing, elevated heartbeats are going to cause alot of false alarms I think. Shepherds are supposed to tend their flocks, if they're too lazy to watch them... they deserve to lose the money.

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What if the sheep are fucking or playing, elevated heartbeats are going to cause alot of false alarms I think. Shepherds are supposed to tend their flocks, if they're too lazy to watch them... they deserve to lose the money.
Good point

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Re: Sheep Alert Farmers To Attacks

Soon our kids' story books will read, "The Collar that texted, WOLF!"

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