With every step you take, every turn of your head, and every time you pick up a pencil, electricity courses through the muscles involved. Electricity acts as both a signal telling your muscles to move and is produced by them when your brain tells them to contract. Before now, seeing or listening to your bioelectricity was often a costly and complex process. That's changed, however, thanks to the Backyard Brains Muscle SpikerBox. Using our device you can easily begin to listen to and record your own (or your friends') muscle action potentials, and display them live on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
It's perfect for education of all ages-nobody is too old to be delighted by spikes! For students interested in experimenting further, it's also fun and great for projects, and neuroscience makes an impressive show at a science fair.
The Muscle Spikerbox can be used to non-invasively detect the electrical activity of human muscles with simple skin surface electrodes. With time you can even identify individual motor units (that's one muscle fiber!) and see single muscle spikes.
The Muscle Spikerbox comes with 2 types of electrodes. One type is a sticker electrode that is aimed for broad recordings of several muscles in your arm or leg. The second type are our homemade brass tipped popsicle stick electrodes used for small muscles like your eyeblink and finger muscles.
Kit contains 1x Muscle Spikerbox (9v battery included), 1x orange muscle electrode cable with 3 alligator clips (red, red, black), 6x EMG sticker patch electrodes for large muscles, 1x adjustable wooden electrode holder for small muscles, 1x small bottle of electrode gel to be used with the small muscle electrode, 1x smartphone cable to see/record spikes on your mobile devices, 1x laptop cable to view/record data onto a laptop and attach an external amplifier/speaker, getting started guide.
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