Written on Tuesday August 28, 2018
Following the last release we have continued to add features and improvements to our Motif software. This post includes a short overview of some hightlights, while a full list of changes is provided on our website.
Each and every Motif system receives automatic updates without any extra charge.
Increased Support for Environmental Sensors
We have improved our support for environmental sensors from Phidgets greatly. This means that you can simply connect any one of their 'VINT' series sensors to a Motif system and you can now take sensor recordings automatically, at several different sample rates. Phidgets offer an enormous variety of sensors which can be used to measure various parameters of your experiment while recording video, including;
Because we record to our extensible and open imgstore format, all sensor recordings are immediately associated with both the time and framenumber of the video being recorded.
In addition to measuring environmental sensors, we added the ability to switch on or off supported Phidgets outputs, relays and motors. Using our open API you can now, for example, perform tasks like the following
- control experimental stimuli at regular or scheduled times
- control physical devices such as motors, servos or actuators
- switch on/off LEDs, lights or other stimuli
- schedule tasks for before or after recording has been completed, such as automated feeding or cleaning procedures
Improved Integration with Loopy
If you are running an on-site version of Loopy, your Motif and Loopy systems can be configured to allow automatic import of recordings after the completion of your experiment. This feature is especially advantageous when both systems are integrated with your IT infrastructure because all video and experimental data is automatically added to your shared and backed-up network storage without risk of deletion or loss.
New Alignment Visualization
The last motif release added a number of image feedback augmentations to help with setting up your cameras and experimental assays. This release added a new visualization designed to help with alignment of samples inside the experimental apparatus, or to help align multiple cameras in a multiple-camera situation.
Motif is the first video and camera recording system designed for the experiments of modern scientists. It supports single and multiple synchronized camera scenarios, remote operation, high framerate and unlimited duration recording. It is always updated and has no single-user or other usage limitations.