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Open-Source Hardware For Neuroscience 41

Posted by samzenpus
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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "The equipment that neuroscientists use to record brain signals is plenty expensive, with a single system costing upward of $60,000. But it turns out that it's not too complicated to build your own, for the cost of about $3000. Two MIT grad students figured out how to do just that, and are distributing both manufactured systems and their designs through their website, Open Ephys. Their goal is to launch an open-source hardware movement in neuroscience, so researchers can spend less time worrying about the gear they need and more time doing experiments."
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Open-Source Hardware For Neuroscience

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  • by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdot&hackish,org> on Friday June 13, 2014 @03:10AM (#47227805)

    Their goal is to launch an open-source hardware movement in neuroscience, so researchers can spend less time worrying about the gear they need and more time doing experiments.

    My experiences with lab-built equipment in academia suggest that building your own equipment is not really a good way to "spend less time worrying about the gear". Usually you will spend quite a lot of your time worrying about DIY gear. The advantages are not in time saved, but in two other things: 1) you can build gear that would be prohibitively expensive to purchase; and 2) you can customize it in-house.

  • by Thanshin (1188877) on Friday June 13, 2014 @03:32AM (#47227865)

    Based on the comparative nature of "less", I would guess it depends on how much time one spends worrying about how to get the money to buy the prohibitively expensive equipment.

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