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Dec 2014

Welcome to the December 2014 Edition

In this newsletter we have 2 brand new eyetracking products and 3 significant upgrades to existing systems. In addition, we have 3 different user stories featuring eyetracking, behavioural observation and video tracking.

In this issue:

Product Update

RED-n released

Small and portable, ultra-light design. Powered via USB 3. Easy to use with laptops, tablets and monitors. Produces high-quality scientific-grade data, sampling at 60Hz.

Features include:

  • Spatial resolution of 0.05 degrees
  • Gaze position accuracy of 0.4 degrees
  • 2 or 5 point calibration. Integrated Design and Analysis software
  • Operating distance 40-100cm
  • Tracking range 50 x 30cm at 60cm
  • Compatible with a range of programs including MATLAB, C/C++ & E-prime

Contact us for a quote or demonstration

RED 250 Mobile

The RED250 Mobile is ideal for demanding applied research; including reading and linguistics studies, visual perception and neurology. It is a lightweight USB2 device that measures saccadic directions, velocity, amplitude and antisaccadic metrics. The system also provides data on regressions, backtracks, look-aheads and leading saccades, as well as fixations and blinks.

  • Sample rates 60, 120 or 250Hz
  • Small and lightweight - 24 x 2.7 x 3cm & 175 grams
  • Gaze position accuracy 0.4 degrees
  • Spacial resolution of 0.03 degrees (human)
  • 0,1,2,5,9 and 13 point calibration. Smart calibration.
  • Operating distance 50-80cm
  • Tracking range 32 x 21cm at 60cm
  • Free SDK
  • Compatible with MATLAB, E-prime, Python, NBS Presentation and custom applications written in C/C++ and .NET

Contact us for a quote or demonstration

Natural Gaze released

The award-winning SMI eyetracking Glasses are now available with a new Natural Gaze design - maximising peripheral & binocular view.

If you would like to discuss how the Natural Gaze could help you in your research please contact us

UltraVox XT

UltraVox XT allows you to capture the full acoustic spectrum to process and analyse rodent ultrasonic calls and other animal vocalisations

  •     Easy and affordable system
  •     Full-spectrum sound capture with one microphone
  •     Easy integration with other behavioural data
  •     Real-time waveform and spectrogram
  •     Automatic call detection
  •     Easy definition and labelling of calls
  •     Compact setup
  •     Easy export to EthoVision XT and The Observer XT

For more infomation please contact us


EthoVision XT 11

EthoVision XT is the most widely applied video tracking software for tracking and analysing the behaviour, movement and activity of any animal. Version 11 has just been released with new features including:-

  • Cleaner workspace with step-by-step instructions
  • Automated detection settings give even better detection and tracking
  • External Data Module allows you to truly integrate and analyse by physiological data.
  • Special DanioVision mode with optimised tracking and analysis for use with zebrafish.

If you would like to dicuss how EthoVision XT could help you with your research or if you are already a user, how to upgrade to the latest version, please contact us

User Stories

EthoVision XT used to study fear-induced analgesia in rats

Professor David Finn and his research team from the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Department at National University of Ireland Galway, have been utilising EthoVision XT in their work into fear-induced analgesia in rats. The group routinely use EthoVision XT to track and rate nociceptive behaviour in rats. This work has enabled them to demonstrate a key role of the endocannabinoid system within the prefrontal cortex in fear-induced analgesia in rats.

To discuss how EthoVision XT could help you with your research please contact us

Eyetracking in food choice

Dr Nicolas Krucien at the Health Economics Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen is using an SMI RED500 to investigate food choices; especially the impact of nutrition labelling (e.g. colour coding of the Kcal) on individuals’ decisions.

In health economics, different methods are used to investigate individuals’ preferences. One major limitation of these methods is that they are based on a theoretical understanding of how people are assumed to make decisions (‘as if’ approaches). The idea of using an eye-tracker alongside these economic methods is to collect data on (visual) attention in order to improve the behavioural realism of our models.

The research will include an investigation of the role of emotions in patients’ decision making and how these are related to the way(s) they (visually) process the information about available treatments.

The Observer XT in a study of the impact of reassurance on patients

Dr Yuefang Zhou and Professor Gerry Humphris from the Medical School at the University of  St. Andrews used The Observer XT to investigate the effectiveness of reassurance by parents and medical staff as a way of reducing a patients pain and distress.

On closer inspection reassurance can have counter-intuitive (negative) consequences depending on the timing and context as well as the anxiety state of the patient.

Further details on this study can be found here


10 March 2015

EthoVision XT Training Workshop - book here

11 March 2015

The Observer Training Workshop - book here


12-15 April

British Neuroscience Association

5-7 May

British Psychological Society

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