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  • The gold standard for assessing timing accuracy, event marking and self-validation: The Black Box ToolKit v2
  • Millisecond accurate 4/8 button USB response pad. Plug and play HID keyboard emulation – each button mapped to a standard key press!
  • Robotic Key Actuator now available. Press keys on your own response device or touch screen – Unobtrusive and noninvasive.
At the Black Box ToolKit we specialize in helping you achieve accurate presentation, synchronization, and response timing in your computer-based Psychology experiments. Remember that when experiment generators say they are millisecond 'precise' all this means is they report measures which are in units of a millisecond, not that the timings reported are accurate! We help you ensure accuracy.

We have a range of products that help you carry out the experiments that you have designed but in a much more accurate and consistent way. The gold standard for assessing timing accuracy, event marking and self-validation is the Black Box ToolKit v2. Companion products act as standalone millisecond accurate response devices whilst others let you event mark with ease. It doesn't matter what your experimental paradigm or platform we can help you. Our hardware and software is used in labs across the world and encompasses Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Language and Vision research amongst others.

If you are unsure of how our products could work for you take a look at the FAQ pages together with the What, Why and How sections of our website.

To request a quotation or to place an order for any of our products feel free to email us. Alternatively contact us by mail, phone or fax.

If you wish to discuss your requirements beforehand we are here to help!

Products

Black Box ToolKit v2
pricing
  4/8 button USB response pad
pricing
  USB response box
pricing
  Custom built devices &
consultancy
             
     
             
Check stimulus presentation, synchronization and RT accuracy. Also event marks in real-time   Millisecond accurate USB response pad that appears as a standard keyboard   Millisecond accurate USB response box for specialized applications   Ask us for a quote for custom hardware design and manufacture or about our consultancy services
             
             
USB TTL event marking
module pricing
  4/8 button USB response pad with voice key pricing        
             
         
             
Millisecond accurate TTL event marking with our USB parallel port replacement   Millisecond accurate USB response pad that appears as a standard keyboard but with added voice key (headset or microphone)        

 

Black Box ToolKit v2 pricing
There are currently three models of BBTK v2 available: The Entry, Pro and Elite.








 

       
Black Box ToolKit v2 (Elite shown) Opto-detector BBTK digital mic BBTK with opto-detector and mic

 

Model Example of how it could be used
Entry
12 Channel
Comes complete with one opto-detector that can be affixed to either a CRT, TFT or data projector screen in order to detect a visual stimulus onset, duration and offset. By wiring a simple Active Switch Closure (ASC) lead to your own response device the BBTK can respond at known intervals to automatically step through your whole experiment. An example paradigm that could be tested using this entry level configuration would be a simple reaction time paradigm that presented visual stimuli.

Pro
20 Channel

Could be used to check a cross modal paradigm (vision and sound) where choice reaction time is measured. Two optos could monitor different screen regions for two different stimulus markers. Based on which stimulus marker was detected a different response could be made on your own device. A BBTK microphone could also be used to check the relative onset, duration and offset of audio events.
Elite
36 Channel
Offers 16 additional TTL lines, more optos, mics and sounders, and comes complete with a BBTK 4 button USB response pad and a Robotic Key Actuator to press keys on your own response devices. When combining eye tracking and EEG for example, you could use 4 optos to event mark up to 4 different visual stimuli on an EEG trace, whilst simultaneously checking the synchronicity of two audio streams. When the BBTK received a TTL fixation signal from your eye tracker it could respond at a known RT using the BBTK Robotic Key Actuator to press a key on your own laptop, or other response device, whilst also sending a mirrored TTL signal back to your eye tracking/EEG software.

To see how the BBTK could work for you in your own lab visit our FAQ pages. Alternatively if you would like us to help you validate your work via our consultancy service please contact us to discuss your requirements.

For custom leads, quotations for bespoke hardware design and build, or for advice on a specific application, feel free to contact us. Please note that by default we do not supply ASC or TTL cables with the v2 as we do not know how far away your equipment will be from the Black Box ToolKit or what termination connection might be needed, e.g. BNC, 3.5 mm jack or terminal block.


Current pricing

Feature What can it do Entry
12 Channel
Pro
20 Channel
Elite
36 Channel
Opto-detector sensors and cables
Time visual presentations. 1x (max 2) 2x (max 4) 4x (max 4)
TTL input
Time TTL signals sent from external equipment, e.g. fMRI, EEG etc. 1x (max 1) 2x (max 2) 2x (max 2)
TTL output
Send TTL signals to external equipment. 1x (max 1) 2x (max 2) 2x (max 2)
Active Switch Closure (ASC)
Hard-wire your own response device keys so that the BBTK can trigger them. Works with modern membrane keyboards. 1x (max 2) 2x (max 4) 4x (max 4)
BBTK Microphone
Time audio stimulus events generated by your equipment. 0x (max 1) 1x (max 2) 2x (max 2)
BBTK Sounder
Trigger your own voice key from the BBTK. 0x (max 1) 1x (max 2) 2x (max 2)
LCD status screen 20 character, 4 line backlit LCD screen shows you the current status of the BBTK Yes Yes Yes
25-way ASC/TTL breakout board Allows for up to 2 TTL out, 2 TTL in and 4 ASC connections to your own equipment. Also includes 4 additional +5v/grounds. Yes Yes Yes
25-way TTL expansion port Additional expansion port which allows for connection of the TTL breakout board below. Yes Yes Yes
16 channel TTL breakout board
Breakout board with separate signal processor/CPU provides an additional 16 high speed multipurpose TTL lines (8 input/8 output). Option Option Yes
9-way BBTK response pad connection Allows for connection of the BBTK 4 button response pad. Yes Yes Yes
BBTK 4 button carbon fibre effect response pad
Measure presentation and response timing with sub-millisecond accuracy using the BBTK rather than your own hardware and software. Can also simultaneously trigger your own response device for easy RT accuracy comparisons (uses second 9-way connector on rear of response pad). Also works as a standalone millisecond accurate USB response pad! Option Option Included
Robotic response key actuator
Press keys on your own response devices, e.g. laptop keys, response pads, Android tablets, iPads, touch screen phones etc. with our robotic finger. Unobtrusive and noninvasive. Option Option Included
Online access to the "Proof" repository*
Upload your calibration data to our online repository so that you can quote a DOI to it within your published studies. Option Option 12 months Included
API & SDK available Documented software API to control the BBTK from your own applications. Option Option Included

High quality aluminium carrying case

Keep your BBTK safe from everyday knocks. Option Option Included
*Pricing TBC Price in GBP £1,499 £1,999 £2,999

 

Accessories/Replacement modules

High quality aluminium carrying case
Protects your BBTK and additional modules from accidental damage.

We strongly recommend you consider purchasing the aluminium carrying case shown to help protect the toolkit and additional modules.

   £59
GBP

             
Black Box Toolkit USB Response Pad


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It doesn't matter which experiment generator you use to run your computer-based Psychology experiments the new Black Box ToolKit USB response pad guarantees millisecond accurate response times*

Simply plug in to a USB port on your PC/Mac/Linux system and our response box will appear as a second keyboard. Press a button and a standard keystroke will be sent to your experiment. No need for drivers, no need to recode! Works out of the box with E-Prime, SuperLab, Presentation, Inquisit, PsychoPy or any other software that can accept standard keyboard responses.

Finished in attractive carbon fibre effect plastic our enclosure houses up to 8 buttons in a range of colours and locations.

Make millisecond accurate response timing in your Psychology experiments one less thing to worry about!
  £299
GBP
             
Black Box Toolkit USB Response Pad with Voice Key

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All the great features of our standard USB Response Pad but with an integrated voice key.

If your participants make a vocal response this also produces a standard key press and TTL event mark! Simple to use and simple to setup with tunable vocal activation threshold. It's your choice whether to use it as a standard response pad or use it as a voice key.

Supplied complete with headset.

  £349
GBP
             
16 Channel TTL Breakout Board
Breakout board with separate signal processor/CPU provides an additional 16 high speed multipurpose TTL lines (8 input/8 output). Ideal for event marking, synchronization or TTL based response devices.   £299
GBP
             
Robotic Response Key Actuator


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Press keys on your own response devices, e.g. laptop keys, response pads etc. with our robotic finger. Unobtrusive and noninvasive.

Can also be used to make responses on devices with either resistive or capacitive touch screens, e.g. Android tablets, iPads, iPhones or other touch screen devices etc.

  £299
GBP
             
API & SDK guide
Printed documentation detailing our software API which allows you to control the BBTK from your own applications and decode timing data. The BBTK is controlled via a virtual serial COM port over a USB connection using simple four letter commands.   £99
GBP
             
BBTK digital microphone
Up to two can be used simultaneously for monitoring for auditory stimulus (adjustable trigger threshold).

Note: BBTK version 1 microphones, sounders, opto-detectors, external opto-detector modules and response pad should not be used with the new version 2.
  £99
GBP
             
BBTK digital sounder
Up to two can be used simultaneously for triggering remote voice keys (adjustable for amplitude/volume).

Note: BBTK version 1 microphones, sounders, opto-detectors, external opto-detector modules and response pad should not be used with the new version 2.

  £99
GBP
             
Replacement 25-way ASC/TTL breakout board
Allows for up to 2 TTL out, 2 TTL in and 4 ASC connections to your own equipment. Also includes 4 additional +5v/grounds.   £49
GBP
             
Replacement opto-detector sensor and cable
These opto-detector leads can be used with either the BBTK or external opto-detector modules.

Note: BBTK version 1 microphones, sounders, opto-detectors, external opto-detector modules and response pad should not be used with the new version 2.

  £69
GBP
             
Active Switch Closure/TTL lead
2 wire Active Switch Closure leads (1m) can be attached to your own response devices to simulate button/key presses. Each lead can be attached to one button/key. TTL leads (1m) are identical to ASC leads and carry +5v and 0v through 2 wires.

By default leads are bare ended at both ends. If you require termination specific for your own equipment e.g. BNC, jack, terminal block etc. or longer lengths please contact us for a custom lead quotation.

  £10
GBP
             
Replacement 4-way TTL lead for the BBTK Response Pad
Allows the 4x primary buttons to each produce a unique TTL signal for the duration of each button press.

By default leads are bare ended at one end. If you require termination specific to your own equipment e.g. BNC, jack, terminal block etc. or longer lengths please contact us for a custom lead quotation.

  £20
GBP
             
Replacement Active Switch Closure lead for the BBTK Response Pad
Can be used to trigger between one and four buttons on your own response device. Each wire pair can be attached to one button/key.

By default leads are bare ended at one end. If you require termination specific to your own equipment e.g. BNC, jack, terminal block etc. or longer lengths please contact us for a custom lead quotation.

  £20
GBP
             
Replacement USB host lead
Used for connecting the base kit to the Host PC.   £14
GBP
             
Replacement 25-way ASC/TTL breakout board lead
Used for connecting the breakout board to the rear of the BBTK.   £24
GBP
             
Replacement Switch Mode PSU (suitable for international use)
Grounded PSU used for powering the BBTK.   £39
GBP
             

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