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ANY-box is a multi-configuration behaviour apparatus designed to automate a range of standard behavioural tests.
What sets ANY-box apart is its ability to use the same basic components in many different tests, thus creating a flexible and extremely affordable solution. For example, if you are using your ANY-box as an open field but want to test animals in the light/dark box, you need only swap out the low-cost inserts.
|The available test include:|
|ANY-box core and base|
|All ANY-box systems are based on a core consisting of the ANY-maze software and an ANY-maze interface. The actual apparatus sits on an ANY-box base (pictured below), which includes a camera, to track the animals, and a height adjustable, infrared photo-beam array, to detect rearing behaviour. A single core can connect to as many as eight bases and each base can be used to automate any of the ANY-box behavioural tests.
The ANY-box open field insert (priced at just $295) is all that's required to turn an ANY-box base into a fully automated open-field test. This not only includes tracking of the animal but also automates the detection of rearing behaviour.
|Light/dark box insert|
|The ANY-box light/dark box consists of a transparent Perspex 'light' side and a black Perspex 'dark' side. The black Perspex is infrared transparent allowing the ANY-box camera to track the animal in both the light and dark sides of the box.
|Conditioned place preference box insert|
|The ANY-box conditioned place preference box consists of two 18cm x 20cm chambers connected by a side passage; this design ensures the animal is always visible to the camera. The apparatus is made from black, infrared transparent Perspex allowing rearing to be detected throughout the box. The apparatus is supplied with white adhesive labels which can be used to differentiate the two chambers, for example, one could be made stripy, while the other remains black.
|Novel object recognition test insert|
|The ANY-box novel object recognition test consists of a transparent Perspex chamber and a number of different shaped and coloured objects.
|Hole-board test insert|
|The ANY-box hole board test consists of a raised base with 16 holes in it, fitted snugly inside a transparent Perspex chamber. Using the ANY-box infrared photo-beams, nose pokes through the holes can be automatically detected and, as the system is simultaneously tracking the animal, pokes into specific holes can easily be determined.
|60005||ANY-box core - ANY-maze software* + ANY-maze interface|
|65101||ANY-box base - Metal base + camera + photobeam array|
|60111||Open field insert (Transparent Perspex)|
|60122||Open field insert (Black IR transparent Perspex)|
|63100||Light/dark box insert|
|64100||Conditioned place preference box insert|
|62020||Novel object recognition test insert (includes object)|
|62025||Hole-board test insert (includes hole baiting insert)|