fMRI Joystick

fMRI joystick

Contact Information
Michele Diaz, SLEIC Director of Human Imaging
mtd143@psu.edu
814-867-2971

Equipment Location
SLEIC 3T MRI Facility
Chandlee Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802

MRI-compatible joystick for fMRI experiments

Uses

  • Designed to give a joystick/game controller option for use in fMRI experiments

Specifications

  • Handheld for the 932 interface
  • Two axis shaft encoder control
  • Angular range: 30 degrees (+/-15 degrees)
  • A wide variety of serial and USB outputs are available for Windows, Mac and Linux computers for high speed and demanding applications
  • Two 1 in. (2.5 cm) long levers on grip for thumb and trigger buttons
  • Grip: 4.5 tall (11.5 cm)
  • Overall height: 6.0 in. (15.24 cm); Base: 1.5 in. (3.75 cm) high, 4.5 in. (11.25 cm) diameter
  • 10 ft (3 m) long fiber pigtailed connector
  • Requires 8-channel removable fiber optic bundle (BNSC-55-12, BNSC-80-12 or BNSC-100-12)
  • Active light levels for handheld identification and gain adjustment

Details

The fiber optic joystick was purchased from Current Designs. The fiber optic joystick is non-magnetic, non-electronic, and entirely made out of plastic, so will not add noise to the images or raise safety concerns in the MR/MEG room or similarly demanding environments. The complete system includes the joystick, the interface, removable fiber optic bundle, and power supply and computer cables. The system can also interface with any of the other response box designs available from Current Designs.