Support for Phenosys Speedbelt Linear Treadmill

Scanbox now provides a direct interface to Phenosys’ speedbelt.  Once the speedbelt is connected via the USB to the computer it will show up as a COM port on the Device Manager.  To acquire input from the treadmill, simply define the speedbelt_com configuration variable specifying the corresponding COM port. Within the Scanbox “Treadmill and Encoder”…

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Mesoscope features: real-time panoramas, ROI selection, zoom/pan, and dynamic ROIs

Here are some of the features we have been developing to make it easy to build panoramas, pick regions-of-interest, and to visualize ROI location and data during acquisition using the NLW Mesoscope (aka the Kraken) on the latest version of Scanbox. The video below shows a brief demo of the following: The automatic creation of…

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Finding the optimal sample clock phase

Some time ago we talked about the advantages of synchronizing the digitizer sample clock to the laser.  Our new system incorporates an on-board PLL multi-phase clock that allows Scanbox to automatically measure the contrast in a test image as a function of sample phase delay and select the optimal value for your setup. A typical measurement…

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Intrinsic & epi-fluorescence imaging using the port camera

Some colleagues have asked about the possibility of integrating imaging acquisition from the port camera to do intrinsic and/or epi-fluorescence imaging ahead of targeting a region of interest with two-photon experiments in Scanbox. We have now added this option to Scanbox. To use this  option you will need to wire the I2C port on the…

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New alignment and segmentation tools

Improved alignment and segmentation tools have now been released in the latest version of Scanbox, while retaining much of the functionality of the last version. sbxaligntool. The new alignment tool, shown below, adds batch processing of files, including the processing of eye and ball motion if those data are present.  A region-of-interest (ROI) can optionally be…

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Knobby gets a wireless sister

A welcome addition to the family: Knobby Tablet. Works on any Android tablet.  Makes it easier to move the microscope from anywhere in the Lab. More details soon!

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Latest Scanbox Release brings cool performance improvements

The latest Scanbox release brings a major performance improvement.  The main bottleneck in the acquisition loop consists of a function that re-arranges the incoming pixel stream into the images that are displayed and stored in real-time. This function now makes use of OpenMP to distribute the work among different physical cores available in your machine…

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Improvements in alignment and segmentation tools

Two GUIs to align (sbxaligntool) and segment (sbxsegmenttool) two-photon imaging data from Scanbox were recently updated. Sbxaligntool allows users to perform alignment using rigid translation or a non-rigid deformation of the image stack. The tool now uses all the cores available in your computer along with the GPU.  Rigid alignment can take place at near…

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Non-rigid image alignment in twenty lines of Matlab

We have previously discussed rigid and non-rigid image alignment algorithms for calcium imaging data. If you have the image processing toolbox, a particularly compact solution for non-rigid image registration can be written in ~20 lines of code or so.  The code below returns a displacement field for each frame in the image sequence (output variable ‘disp’) that needs…

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Calibrating the Optotune

If you have been using the Optotune, you must have noticed that the values displayed within the optotune panel for the setting of the slider and the parameters of the z-scanning waveform are unit-less and not very useful. The latest update to Scanbox allows you to calibrate the Optotune and have all the units within the Optotune panel in micrometers.…

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