The PiezoSleep system, is a non-invasive system for monitoring sleep and wake in rodents. The PiezoSleep system is the only product of its kind, and can substitute in many cases for traditional invasive Electro Electroencephalogram (EEG) based sleep studies in mice. No surgical expertise is necessary, and no technical expertise for reading data; all data is scored by the system automatically.
Data Marker button allows the User to mark the captured data in real-time without interaction with the software running on the PC. This is useful if there is some interaction with the animal that may be too cumbersome or slow to use the menus in SleepStats.
Cage Status Indicators, closely indicates if the animal is asleep. This can be customized to the user’s application, such as activity level, or if the animal need attention. Some researchers found it beneficial to record cage and activation indicators in the field of view of a video system to synchronize recorded events.
Audio out and Digital I/O Activation Indicators shows when automatic or manual activations are occurring. These indicators aid debugging the system and they can be disabled (turned off) to minimize light disturbances of the animal such as during circadian rhythm studies.
Isolated Digital I/O: SquidBox Plus version includes a digital input and a digital output. These enable activation of external equipment and recording of a digital output via software control. Digital I/O activation could be based on sleep state, activity level or some custom state.
Power Indicator: shows the status of the system in regards to the Windows PC. If off the device is not connected or the PC is in suspend mode. Blinking shows Windows is trying to find and installing drivers. If the indicator is on solid then Windows drivers have found the device and is functioning normally. This indicator will only be dimmed substantially, when ‘All Indicators Off ‘mode is selected so the user can determine if the system is powered and operation.
Piezo Signal Pass Through: when configured by the factory may be helpful in aligning animal activity as sensed by our piezo system user’s other research instruments. For example, utilizing our signal pass through enables the user to run SleepStats Software while also recording the same piezo signal on an auxiliary channel of their EEG or EMG data acquisition system.
Auxiliary Analog Input: This feature when requested enables the user to input their own 0-5v analog signal which can be useful in measuring and recording other physical phenomena.