We are now working on expanding the remit of TrakBox beyond just C elegans - not that TrakBox can only track C. elegans - but we are now making sure our code will track much larger worms too. The other development is the prototype of our StimPak add-on - which allow monitoring of parameters such as temperature as well as capturing button presses or other triggers, and last but not least the ability to provide stimuli - so tapping the dish will now be possible soon - we've been busy! 🤓
EMbody Biosignals will have a stand at the StartupOlé event happening in Salamanca, Spain in April 2018. We hope to be showing our behaviour monitoring platform TrakBox, showing how low cost hardware coupled with intelligent software algorithms can revolutionise the monitoring of behaviour in organisms such as C. elegans. #startupole #startups
We now have a YouTube channel which will allow us to show Video Tutorials on how to use TrakBox and other products. The videos will be added bit by bit and will be linked to directly from the online user manuals. Here is the Video Tutorial for TrakBox and how to map the plate background as an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ruk7sWutX0
We just wanted to wish all our customers and colleagues a great Christmas 2017 and hope that you all have an even better New Year 2018. We are taking a short well deserved break, this year saw the launch of the TrakBox product with our first public showing of our automated tracking system at the International Worm Conference in LA in June 2017. We look forward to see more of you in the worm community in the coming year and especially at the European meting in Barcelona later in 2018.
Very excited to announce our first TrakBox order to mainland Europe ready to be delivered! It has been a long road getting TrakBox from concept to reality but we have loved every step of the process. TrakBox is the solution if you are looking to effortlessly track your organism for hours on end and to get detailed behaviour measurements at the end of it!
This video shows how through TrakBox it is possible to generate a real-time video of the worm under scrutiny over the entire recording. In this video we show just 1 hour of a 10 hour+ recording (video shown greatly speeded up to save on bandwidth!). [video width="640" height="360" mp4="https://embody-biosignals.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/medium-2.mp4"][/video] Inset shows the worm track building up over time.
Not only can TrakBox track a nematode for hours on end, but the data generated as a consequence provides a wealth of information on worm behaviour. As canoe seen below, the TrakBox viewer software allows you to step through a worm track - frame by frame - giving you overall information about the worm's behaviour as well as instantaneous snapshots of activity. As well as this you can get an accurate picture of the time the worm spends dwelling or roaming (as well as time spent quiescent) in the detailed dwell plot shown below. If you want a dynamic view of the worm's activity then it is possible to retrospectively create a movie (video) showing the worm's behaviour - with an inset showing the worm's overall position on the plate.…
One of the things that was invaluable at our recent trip to the #Worm17 conference in LA was getting feedback on the features of our analysis software from would be end-users. In particular we have upgraded our TrakBox to include two new features: the 1st allows the user to highlight a rectangle of space on the worm trajectory map and the software will automagically calculate the amount of time the worm has spent in that area. [caption id="attachment_389" align="aligncenter" width="1112"] Now with TrakBox you can see how much time a worm has spent in a particular zone of the dish.[/caption] The second feature is regarding the roaming VS dwelling chart - the system now delves deeper into the dwelling portions of the worm's activity and will report when (and where)…
Well, LA came and went, we had a great few days, were run off our feet demoing both TrakBox and AutoEPG - the response was fantastic. We even had a stock of live worms we could use to do live demos. If you missed us at LA then please do get in contact and we will be happy to answer any questions, and if you were there but need more info then please do get in contact with us to find out more.