Ethoscopes: An open platform for high-throughput ethomics.

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Title: Ethoscopes: An open platform for high-throughput ethomics.
Author(s): Geissmann, Q
Garcia Rodriguez, L
Beckwith, EJ
French, AS
Jamasb, AR
Gilestro, GF
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Here, we present the use of ethoscopes, which are machines for high-throughput analysis of behavior in Drosophila and other animals. Ethoscopes provide a software and hardware solution that is reproducible and easily scalable. They perform, in real-time, tracking and profiling of behavior by using a supervised machine learning algorithm, are able to deliver behaviorally triggered stimuli to flies in a feedback-loop mode, and are highly customizable and open source. Ethoscopes can be built easily by using 3D printing technology and rely on Raspberry Pi microcomputers and Arduino boards to provide affordable and flexible hardware. All software and construction specifications are available at
Publication Date: 19-Oct-2017
Date of Acceptance: 1-Oct-2017
ISSN: 1544-9173
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Journal / Book Title: PLoS Biology
Volume: 15
Issue: 10
Sponsor/Funder: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Cou
European Molecular Biology Organization
European Research Council
Funder's Grant Number: BB/M003930/1
ALTF 57-2014
project 705930 - SEX_FIGHT_SLEEP
Copyright Statement: © 2017 Geissmann et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Algorithms
Behavior, Animal
Drosophila melanogaster
Machine Learning
Printing, Three-Dimensional
Reproducibility of Results
Drosophila melanogaster
Reproducibility of Results
Behavior, Animal
Printing, Three-Dimensional
Machine Learning
06 Biological Sciences
11 Medical And Health Sciences
07 Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences
Developmental Biology
Publication Status: Published
Conference Place: United States
Article Number: e2003026
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