Use your smart phone as a hoof camera for perfect hoof photos.
EponaCam is an App along with a hardware cradle that converts any smart phone into a ‘Hoof Camera’. EponaCam works with the Metron Block to ensure that a perfect image of the hoof, suitable for later analysis, is captured. The App (available for both Android and iPhone) sends images by Wi-Fi directly to Metron software which runs on a nearby PC or tablet. EponaCam is ‘ease of use’ – the image uploads to the Metron software where it is automatically recognized, calibrated, and measured.
Whether you are an owner, farrier, or veterinarian, it can be important to keep track of the horse’s hoof. When the horse is sound and happy, document the hoof to serve as a baseline for the future. When there is a problem, measure it and plan its resolution using data. EponaCam enables the pursuit of evidence-based soundness, and will help the care-giver team do the best job for the horse. The Metron-EponaCam system makes it easy to gain this advantage for your horse.
The geometry of the EponaCam cradle, with its 45-degree mirror, ensures that the image is taken perfectly when the hoof is positioned on the Metron Block. The image is sent by Wi-Fi to Metron running on your PC. Metron uses powerful neural networks, trained using Deep Learning techniques, to automatically label the image (as left, right, lateral, or frontal) and then automatically locates the scaling system of the Metron Block to allow accurate analysis. It then automatically measures the hoof and presents measurements.
EponaCam is US patent pending.
OK, I want it! What do I need to do?
You can dip your toe in gently, or dive in for the whole EponaCam experience! There are four levels of use of EponaCam:
Level 1) You could purchase only the EponaCam cradle ( $199 ) and use the simple camera App on your phone and your own blocks to stand the hoof on (just be sure your blocks are about 2 1/4″ to 2 1/2″ tall).
Level 2) But if you want your images to be ready for the future, you’d want to: Buy the EponaCam cradle ( $199 ) and buy two Metron-Blocks ( $298 ) so both feet can be placed on blocks, and so your images capture the calibration markers on our blocks. With this set up, you are able to begin building your database of hoof images, and someday in the future you can go to level 3 or 4…
Level 3) Things get interesting if you get our Metron-Hoof version 8 software ( $1000 ), or update your older software to version 8 ( $300 ). In that case, you’d want to get the EponaCam cradle and two blocks, and also purchase the App ( $29 ) from your App store (Apple or Android). The App will Wi-Fi your images directly to your copy of Metron-Hoof, and Metron-Hoof can be used to measure and annotate the images, create reports for your clients, and many other things.
Depending on where you will be using EponaCam, you also may want to get our Mini-Router ($50) so your Wifi network can travel with you, and your EponaCam will always connect to your PC.
Level 4) The ultimate: if your PC is powerful enough to run the “Intellect Module” then you will have the whole enchilada. This brings the AI engine and allows Metron to automatically calibrate and measure your hoof photos. For this, your PC needs 16 Gigabytes of RAM memory. If you don’t have 16GB of memory, then don’t even bother installing the Intellect Module portion of Metron.
If you want it all, then we suggest you purchase our Metron-Hoof Bundle ( $1500 ) which will include a hardware carrying case and a couple other items.
EponaCam is also available with the veterinary version of our software ( Metron-DVM ) sold by our dealer network.
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