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NeuroStimDuino overcomes the challenges of delivering neurostimulation by providing an open-source stimulator in the form of an Arduino shield. It is designed for students, researchers, and hobbyists alike, to help them explore neuroscience by studying the effects of neurostimulation on muscle contraction.
NeuroStimDuino comes with an I2C interface to allow external microcontrollers such as Arduino Due to easily control its operation and generate different stimulation patterns. Each NeuroStimDuino shield has 2 independent output channels, which can be used to alternately contract flexor and extensor muscles or simultaneously contract multiple muscles. By stacking multiple such shields on top of each other, several output channels can be made available. It has built-in safety features which limit the power density generated by the stimulator to stay within the safety margins specified by the FDA.
Neurostimulation is the application of short electrical pulses on the surface of the skin to stimulate underlying nerves and muscles. In the last several decades neurostimulation has been used to stimulate muscles of patients with stroke and spinal cord injury, in order to assist and restore movement in their paralyzed limbs (also called Functional Electrical Stimulation or FES therapy).
Scientists and researchers have also used stimulation to study the effect of electrical current on neurons, particularly for pain reduction, sensory feedback, etc. Previously, neurostimulation could only be delivered using either research grade equipment that is expensive or has to be custom-built, which is challenging and time-consuming.
WARNING: This instrument is intended for RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY. It is not intended for clinical or animal use. Neuralaxy LLC does not assume responsibility for injury or damage due to the misuse of this instrument.