fORP OrderingQuestions to consider for new customers:
- What tasks will be performed with the response system?
For example, will the subject be answering yes/no questions, choosing among several menu items, navigating a maze, or moving items around to complete a pattern? Once this is clarified, it should be easy to identify which device would work best.
- Does the scanner facility require an extra long bundle?
The standard length is 17m (55 ft). We also offer 10m (32 ft), 25m (80 ft), and 31m (100 ft) lengths.
- Which computer output is required by the stimulus recording software?
Usually USB is fine, but in some cases a serial or parallel output is required.
- Will the research needs change in the next year or two?
If you will need more than 4 buttons or a pointing device in the next year or two, it might make more sense to choose the FIU-932 now and purchase the additional response devices later.
There are 3 major components to a system (the handheld device or devices, the fiber optic bundle, and the interface unit), and a few smaller items. How to choose each is covered here:
Response DeviceThere are 20 standard handheld devices and many more custom options available as part of the fORP system. Choose the handheld device or devices that best meet the tasks . If 5 or fewer buttons are needed, the PKG-905 offers a low-cost, easy-to-use system.
Fiber Optic BundleThere are four bundle lengths: BE-10m (32 ft), BE-17 m (55 ft), BE-25m (80 ft and BE-31m (100 ft) lengths. The standard bundle length, 55 feet, is usually sufficient. For some research facilities, a longer bundle is needed to reach from the control computer to the scanner. Choose an 80 or 100 foot long bundle only if required.
We are in the process of phasing out the 8-fiber bundle, but have a few BNSC-55-8 left until mid-2021.
Electronic InterfaceThere are three interface units to choose from: FIU-905, FIU-932, and the new BIRCH-OIU. The FIU-932 is the standard interface and works with all the response devices. It offers a full range of computer outputs including USB, serial, parallel and many custom options. The FIU-905, a low-cost option for researchers using USB and 5 buttons or fewer. It is available in the PKG-905.
The new BIRCH-OIU (Birch Optical Interface Unit) is a drop-in replacement for the 932 interface and compatible with all your existing handhelds. An easy-to-read touchscreen displays responses as they happen and simplifies mode selection.
Additional ItemsAdditional items which may be needed include a power supply and computer cables. The FIU-932 power supply comes with US/Japan, EU, UK and Australian plug adapters and is CE Marked. We offer a variety of cables including computer cables for using USB, Serial and Parallel outputs, as well a BNC to SMB adapter cable for the TTL trigger-in. The FIU-905 runs off the USB, so no power supply is needed. The USB cable is included in the PKG-904, PKG-905, and PKG-932.
Optional ItemsOptional items include the trainer response pads which are electrical copies of the fiber optic response pads. While they look and feel exactly like the all-plastic devices, the trainers contain metal and electronic components, so are not magnet safe. They offer a less expensive way to train subjects outside the scanner.
Please contact us with any additional questions you have:
Phone: 215 387-5456
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