Tag Archives: neuroscience

Companies selling open source hardware/software

Two companies have incorporated the open source philosophy into their business models and are now providing products for neuroscience released under know open source licenses:

Sanworks: After the success and demand of PulsePal, Josh Sanders founded Sanworks, a company dedicated to providing systems for neuroscience research. A brief description on the company’s website follows:

Sanworks, L.L.C. develops automated systems for Neuroscience research, and streamlines access to them through an online assembly service. Our goal is to make Neuroscience tools open, affordable and accessible. We are especially focused on embedded systems for exploring the links between brain function and behavior.

Spike Gadgets: Also dedicated to providing systems for neuroscience, Spike Gadgets is focusing at electrophysiology systems and providing a complete solution with hardware and software. Although only their software is open source, this already opens doors to a lot of interesting customization/changes. A brief description from the company’s website:

SpikeGadgets is trying something new. Our hybrid approach is to design and sell powerful hardware that interfaces with an open-source software platform supported by a large community of scientists and developers. Our goal is to support the efforts of the open-source community in a commercially-sustainable way.

One of the founders, Mattias Karlsson, was kind enough to provide a brief description of their software, which can be found here.


Flypi -100$ microscope/behavioural setup!

We’ve been working in collaboration with the folks of TrendinAfrica (trendinafrica.org) to develop a cheap, yet reliable, open source microscopy system to be used by scientists and DIY biologists. It is called Flypi, since its original focus were experiments with Drosophila and it uses the Raspberry pi computer as its “brains”.
The project has been going quite well and we feel it is mature enough to gain some public attention (and hopefully adoption!) and also to enter the hackaday.io competition, which would help us further develop it! So please, visit the project page, share it with your networks and show us some love by giving us “skulls” @ https://hackaday.io/project/5059-flypi-100-microscopeexperimental-setup. Also check out the paper we are writing about it: https://open-labware.net/projects/flypi/

After a little spring sleep…

… We are back with 2 new sections!

PCR machines that range from 5 Dollar machines to fully assembled ones for under 1000 dollars!

Simulations and models, that emulate single neurons, neuronal networks, bee brains and complete worms!

from http://openpcr.org/
from http://openpcr.org/
from https://hackaday.io/project/2548-open-source-thermal-cycler
from https://hackaday.io/project/2548-open-source-thermal-cycler
from http://greenbrain.group.shef.ac.uk/
from http://greenbrain.group.shef.ac.uk/

December updates

Some new projects ranging from molecular biology to distributed computation

IPipete: if you are tired of pipetting samples in the wrong wells and can’t afford a pipetting computer, this project is for you!

NiBabel: an universal reader for fMRI data formats

Open syringe pump1 and open syringe pump2: need to have precise infusion rates? these projects will help.

Boinc: volunteer computing platform, where one can harness the idle time of computer for number crushing

Programable water bath and tutorials for electronics

Tired of changing bottles from one water bath to another? Check out this programmable water bath created by Luis Zaman.

Want a place to learn electronics, microncontrollers and FPGA, check the PyroEdu guys on our Learning sources page.

Last but not least, check out the skinner box using raspberry pi and python connected to the internet, created by Katherine Scott