Internet-of-Things: A Tool for Improving Research?

The internet-of-things, more commonly known as IoT, refers to the trend of connecting devices to the internet and then allowing them to communicate with each other in order to facilitate data exchange and communication among these connected devices. But what are the benefits of internet-of-things (IoT) for neuroscience research? Neuroscience research uses a lot of expensive equipment and advanced testing methods to understand brain activity, but IoT offers all sorts of new ways of approaching this type of research that could be revolutionary in terms of decreasing costs and increasing convenience.

What is IoT?
What is the Internet-of-Things? The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects, also known as smart devices, that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity. These technologies allow them to collect and exchange data over the internet . For example, an IoT enabled kitchen has several ‘smart’ appliances which can connect to each other through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

How can IoT be used in research?
The Pallidus MR1 utilizes IoT to help researchers monitor their animals in home-cages, 24-7.  For example, scientists can automatically measure changes in activity when animals are given a drug. Researchers can also detect the housing environment of their animals, to ensure optimal conditions. Increased knowledge of animal behavior and health status can lead to quicker detection and diagnosis of any ailments or abnormalities.
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