Check out our paper in eLife: https://elifesciences.org/articles/49987
New: Purchase NINscope PCBs with cabling, DAQ, baseplates @ LabMaker
NINscope is a versatile open-source miniscope with optogenetics capability and accelerometer read-out, which is light (1.6 g) and small enough to record from two locations in bi-hemispheric (6-7 mm inter-baseplate distance, 45-50 degree angle) or rostral-caudal (8 mm inter-baseplate distance, 15-20 degree angle) configurations. Our miniscope can be controlled from Linux, MacOS and Windows. The housing and electronics of the scope have been designed from scratch integrating a new CMOS imaging sensor (PYTHON480, ON Semiconductor). The v3.2 DAQ of the UCLA miniscope project is used with minor modifications to interface to the acquisition computer. The PCBs with cabling, modified UCLA V3.2 DAQ and baseplates can be purchased through Labmaker . The mechanical parts can be 3D printed with a high-resolution printer (Form Labs Form 2 or better), but we are working to make these parts available through third parties as well.
We have tested NINscope to perform optogenetics experiments and used it to image from two regions concurrently, as well performed both superficial and deep brain imaging. We have also tested data acquisition on a number of different computers with Windows 7, Windows 10, MacOS Mojave and Ubuntu 18.04.
The design files and documentation on how to install and operate the acquisition software can be found on our GitHub repository at:
Status (software, hardware, availability) updates will be provided through our Twitter account: