In 2012, Neurotar team was struggling to implement a method for in vivo two-photon imaging in awake and behaving mice. The standard solution, an air-lifted Styrofoam ball, did not fit into our set-up. Instead, we developed a more compact, flat-floored solution and called it the Mobile HomeCage®. Encouraged by enthusiastic reception by several academics, we have made a decision to commercialize the Mobile HomeCage®.
Towards an integrated solution
Although our main goal with the Mobile HomeCage® was to get rid of anesthetics and the biases that they bring into the brain research in live animals, the early adapters of the Mobile HomeCage® urged us to integrate the elements of a proper behavioral research instrument. As a first step in this direction, we have developed the Mobile HomeCage® Large, a bigger arena suitable for such complex behavioral paradigms as maze navigation. More recently, we have added the motion tracking capabilities to the original Mobile HomeCage® device.
Since 2014, Mobile HomeCages® have found their home in more than five dozen industrial and academic labs worldwide. Contact us to learn how the Mobile HomeCage can aid your research needs.
We firmly believe in the high relevance of research in live and especially in awake animals. We consider it our mission to help scientists transition from in vitro to in vivo preparations. Since there is no solution that satisfies all research needs, we have compiled a brief overview of all methods of working with awake behaving animals and hope that will helps you identify an optimal solution for your research goals.
Go to the full list of Mobile HomeCage® devices.