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Black Box ToolKit v2


Black Box ToolKit v2



The Black Box ToolKit version 2 is now shipping. It offers more sensors and response generation options and connects quickly and easily to your own equipment. The version 2 is based on the same great principles as the previous incarnation, but is even easier to use with our new software suite and redesigned hardware. Based around an ARM Cortex processor it connects to a host PC, laptop or netbook via USB and has its own internal memory for storing data. Once running, timing data is independently collected from a second PC, Mac or Linux box running your experiment along with any other equipment you are monitoring or triggering, e.g. MRI, EEG/ERP, eye trackers etc. What's more there's an API available so that you can even control the version 2 using your own software!



There are currently three models of BBTK v2 available: The Entry, Pro and Elite.




























For custom leads, quotations for bespoke hardware design and build, or for advice on a specific application, feel free to contact us. Please note that by default we do not supply ASC or TTL cables with the v2 as we do not know how far away your equipment will be from the Black Box ToolKit or what termination connection might be needed, e.g. BNC, 3.5 mm jack or terminal block.



Model


Example of how it could be used

Entry

 12 Channel.

Comes complete with one opto-detector that can be affixed to either a CRT, TFT or data projector screen in order to detect a visual stimulus onset, duration and offset. By wiring a simple Active Switch Closure (ASC) lead to your own response device the BBTK can respond at known intervals to automatically step through your whole experiment. An example paradigm that could be tested using this entry level configuration would be a simple reaction time paradigm that presented visual stimuli.

Pro

20 Channel


Could be used to check a cross modal paradigm (vision and sound) where choice reaction time is measured. Two optos could monitor different screen regions for two different stimulus markers. Based on which stimulus marker was detected a different response could be made on your own device. A BBTK microphone could also be used to check the relative onset, duration and offset of audio events.


Elite

 36 Channel

Offers 16 additional TTL lines, more optos, mics and sounders, and comes complete with a BBTK 4 button USB response pad and a Robotic Key Actuator to press keys on your own response devices. When combining eye tracking and EEG for example, you could use 4 optos to event mark up to 4 different visual stimuli on an EEG trace, whilst simultaneously checking the synchronicity of two audio streams. When the BBTK received a TTL fixation signal from your eye tracker it could respond at a known RT using the BBTK Robotic Key Actuator to press a key on your own laptop, or other response device, whilst also sending a mirrored TTL signal back to your eye tracking/EEG software.


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Black Box ToolKit v2 (Elite shown)


Opto-detector


BBTK digital mic


BBTK with opto-detector

and mic



Feature


What can it do


Entry

 12 Channel


Pro

 20 Channel


Elite

 36 Channel

Opto-detector sensors and cables

Time visual presentations.

1x (max 2)

2x (max 4)

4x (max 4)

TTL input

Time TTL signals sent from external equipment, e.g. fMRI, EEG etc.

1x (max 1)

2x (max 2)

2x (max 2)

TTL output

Send TTL signals to external equipment.

1x (max 1)

2x (max 2)

2x (max 2)

Active Switch Closure (ASC)

Hard-wire your own response device keys so that the BBTK can trigger them. Works with modern membrane keyboards.

1x (max 2)

2x (max 4)

4x (max 4)

BBTK Microphone

Time audio stimulus events generated by your equipment.

0x (max 1)

1x (max 2)

2x (max 2)

BBTK Sounder

Trigger your own voice key from the BBTK.

0x (max 1)

1x (max 2)

2x (max 2)

LCD status screen

20 character, 4 line backlit LCD screen shows you the current status of the BBTK

Yes

Yes

Yes

25-way ASC/TTL breakout board

Allows for up to 2 TTL out, 2 TTL in and 4 ASC connections to your own equipment. Also includes 4 additional +5v/grounds.

Yes

Yes

Yes

25-way TTL expansion port

Additional expansion port which allows for connection of the TTL breakout board below.

Yes

Yes

Yes

16 channel TTL breakout board

Breakout board with separate signal processor/CPU provides an additional 16 high speed multipurpose TTL lines (8 input/8 output).

Option

Option

Yes

9-way BBTK response pad connection

Allows for connection of the BBTK 4 button response pad.

Yes

Yes

Yes

BBTK 4 button carbon fibre effect response pad

Measure presentation and response timing with sub-millisecond accuracy using the BBTK rather than your own hardware and software. Can also simultaneously trigger your own response device for easy RT accuracy comparisons (uses second 9-way connector on rear of response pad). Also works as a standalone millisecond accurate USB response pad!

Option

Option

Included

Robotic response key actuator

Press keys on your own response devices, e.g. laptop keys, response pads, Android tablets, iPads, touch screen phones etc. with our robotic finger. Unobtrusive and noninvasive.

Option

Option

Included

Online access to the "Proof" repository*

Upload your calibration data to our online repository so that you can quote a DOI to it within your published studies.

Option

Option

12 months Included

API & SDK available

Documented software API to control the BBTK from your own applications.

Option

Option

Included

High quality aluminium carrying case

Keep your BBTK safe from everyday knocks.

Option

Option

Included