The miniscope project provides a modular in-vivo optophysiology rig for awake, freely behaving animals. It allows researchers to wirelessly and non-invasively monitor neural activity over multi-month periods.
Developed by William Liberti of Boston University’s Gardner Lab, the miniscope is a single-photon fluorescent imaging system made of a combination of readily available and 3-D-printed parts. Though it was originally designed for the study of zebra finch mating songs (lending it the alternative title “FinchScope”) the miniscope has been adapted to fit rodents and other types of birds. The project’s stated goal is “to produce a customizable and scaleable single-photon fluorescent imaging microscope system that takes advantage of developing open-source analysis platforms.”