April 11, 2016
The long-awaited version 2.0 SmartBox software is almost available. In the last blog entry we showed how easy it was to configure the screen to maximize the data stream window to focus primarily on the data. In this entry we’ll expand on that, showing more options for further focusing on the data streams as well as looking at many data streams simultaneously.
Let’s start with the recording looked at previously, with two probes connected into the first two ports on the SmartBox and the user having selected three channels of interest, one from the probe in port A and one from the probe in port B, and two digital inputs that are also inputting data at the top of the screen. Figure 1 shows the data in default mode, with the configuration panel (left), the probe map panel (right), and the digital/analog input windows (top) all active. Figure 2 shows the same set-up, but with the configuration and probe map panels closed to allow full-screen data streaming.
Figure 1: SmartBox 2.0 software with two probes implanted, displaying shared information from the probes.
Figure 2: SmartBox 2.0 software with two probes implanted, displaying the data in full screen mode.
Now, let’s go further. Suppose that you want to look at more channels of data simultaneously. With the SmartBox Version 2.0 software, you have the ability to change both the magnitude scale as well as the amount of space between each trace to fit more traces on the screen. In Figure 3 we see the same example, full-screen, but with 37 of the 64 traces displayed on the screen.
Figure 3: SmartBox 2.0 software with two probes implanted, displaying shared information from the probes in ports A and B across the full screen, with 40 channels shown.
But we can go further still. For one thing, the digital/analog input panel can also be minimized at user discretion, leaving the entire computer screen free to display channel traces. Also, the magnitude and spacing can be minimized enough to display all of the channels on the screen. The only limits are the resolution allowed by your computer monitor and your visual ability to identify useful information. But up to 256 channels could be displayed on a single monitor, at user prerogative. Figure 4 shows the same example as above, with the digital/analog input panel minimized, and all 64 channels displayed on the screen.
Figure 4: SmartBox 2.0 software with two probes implanted, displaying shared information from the probes in ports A and B across the full screen, with 64 channels shown.
The SmartBox 2.0 software is designed to make life easier for those during neural recordings. This is just one example, but it helps illustrate that using the SmartBox to record from NeuroNexus probes will allow users to maximize the convenience, utility, and power of their neural data acquisition experiments.
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The SmartBox 2.0 software integrates probe mapping into the recording user interface, providing extremely convenient spike identification during recording.