open-source electrophysiology

November 2013 Newsletter

Added on by Open Ephys.

There are a variety of opportunities to check out the latest from Open Ephys at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego next week. Whether you're already using our tools, or just want to find out more about what we've been up to, we'd love to chat with you!

Open Ephys acquisition boards are now being evaluated by over 30 labs as part of our beta testing round. So far, we've received great feedback from these users. Everyone that's tried it has reported that the system is easy to set up and yields high-quality neural signals. They've also pointed out software bugs and feature requests that have made our system more user-friendly and robust.

Now it's time to spread the word about our tools, and hopefully recruit some new developers. Over the past two months, we've visited labs at the Karolinska Institute, UCL, NYU, Princeton, Harvard, and Cold Spring Harbor to discuss potential collaborations. But we expect to gain even more exposure at this year's Society for Neuroscience conference, which takes place in San Diego from November 9th through 13th.

At last year's SfN, we presented a working prototype system that was very well-received. Many of you signed up for this newsletter after seeing our tools in New Orleans. This year, we have an acquisition system that we've already mass-produced, and that's being used by labs around the world. We're excited to show it off at our poster presentation, which takes place on Wednesday morning. It's poster number NNN33—we hope to see you there!

This is the first year that Intan Technologies will have an exhibition booth at SfN. The Open Ephys system wouldn't be possible without the chips that Intan manufactures, and we're especially grateful for all the technical advice provided by Reid Harrison, the president of Intan. We encourage everyone to stop by booth #920, where our acquisition board will be on display.

We're also organizing an informal meetup, which will take place on Monday from 5:00-6:30 pm at Neighborhood in San Diego. Anyone is welcome to join. We'll be discussing ways to grow our initiative in the short term, and how to sustain it over the long term.

Finally, we're currently working out the details of the next round of manufacturing, which will take place in December. We'll make some small tweaks to the hardware (such as adding a port for synchronizing multiple acquisition systems), then have 50-100 boards assembled by Advanced Circuits. Stay tuned for more information...we'll send out a request form after the conference.