A smart cage for behavioral experiments on small freely behaving animal subjects

Peter McMenamin, Uei Ming Jow, Mehdi Kiani, Joseph R. Manns, Maysam Ghovanloo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations

Abstract

The EnerCage system is designed to enable electrophysiology experiments of any duration in experimental arenas of any size. Optimized overlapping planar spiral coils (PSCs) provide closed-loop wireless power and data to a mobile unit on a small, freely behaving animal subject. The system tracks the location of the mobile unit with an array of 3-axis magnetic sensors and only activates the closest PSC, thereby reducing power dissipation and heat within the cage. A control algorithm collects data from all the sensors, organizes it by physical location, and systematically compares the magnitudes of each to two thresholds to determine the location of a small magnetic tracer embedded in the mobile unit. An in vivo experiment was conducted for one hour using a 1.03 × 0.9 m2 EnerCage prototype in a physiology lab, where the system was able to continuously deliver 20 mW to a dummy load and maintain a steady 4V supply on the rat headstage (mobile unit).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 6th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER 2013
Pages985-988
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event2013 6th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER 2013 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 6 2013Nov 8 2013

Publication series

NameInternational IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER
ISSN (Print)1948-3546
ISSN (Electronic)1948-3554

Other

Other2013 6th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period11/6/1311/8/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mechanical Engineering

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