Virtual reality experimental system for rodents

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points icon The air supported spherical treadmill allows an animal to navigate in virtual space.

ViewPoint is a distributor for the Virtual Reality Jet Ball in France, in French Belgium & Switzerland.

The Jet Ball is a novel virtual reality experimental system. It is based on an air-supported spherical treadmill and allows a restrained animal to navigate in virtual space. Virtual reality provides a perfectly controllable experimental environment and can be used to investigate navigation, cognition and learning, and memory.

Restrained animals can be examined with electrophysiological and optogenetic methods while the animal performs simple or complex behaviors.

VR platforms are highly flexible and modular solutions. Stimulation is not only visual but can be extended to 3D sound, odor, and tactile information. It is easy to interface to existing hard and software for in vivo measurements or brain stimulation.


  • Virtual Reality navigation

  • Electrophysiological and optogenetic methods

  • 2-photon laser scanning microscopy

  • Intracellular dynamics during virtual navigation

  • Operant conditioning

  • Learning and memory processes

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  • Third party custom micromanipulators available

  • Sensory stimulation: 3D sound system, fast-response odour generator, tactile stimulator

  • 200 mm ball for mice, 300 mm ball for rats

  • Custom programmed operant conditioning protocols and VR scenes

  • Base with motor-driven XY linear table for large area brain scanning with 2-photon laser


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Key advantages

  • Restrained animal performing voluntary behavior

  • Easy interfacing with electrophysiology setups

  • Retractable operant device for reinforcement: positive (water) and negative (air puff)

  • Common mazes or customized virtual reality scenes

  • Operant conditioning protocol


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