Belfast startup launches new equine tech

  • Belfast-based tech start-up Capaltec Ltd has launched HeightLight, which the company describes as being the world's first handheld laser height measurement device.

    It was unveiled at this year’s Horse of the Year Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

    HeightLight was specifically engineered and designed to bring accuracy and dependability to the process of measuring horses and ponies for passports, competition and sale. 

    The idea for HeightLight came from County Tipperary pony breeder, Michael Grace, who saw an opportunity to bring equine measurement from the analogue age of measuring sticks and tapes into the digital age.

    The device was developed over the past five years with investor and Invest NI support.

    The start-up attracted a total investment of £275,000 in just 10 months back in 2015 - with £200,000 of this directly invested through Halo, the Northern Ireland business angel network.

    Speaking on the launch, Robert Park, CEO at Capaltec stated: “It may seem like a simple idea, but this type of innovation has never been utilised for height measurement, until now and we’re already seeing the huge demand for this product through our pre-sales.

    “This is just the beginning of our journey with HeightLight, as this type of technology can be utilised for so many other industries such as medical, construction or DIY.”

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