Timothy C. Hain, MD Return to Eye Movement Page . Page last modified: February 29, 2008
Neuro Kinetics, Inc.
128 Gamma Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone: (412) 963-6649
Fax: (412) 963-6722
Neurokinetics is a narrowly focused vestibular testing company that traditionally has sold rate tables to researchers. This is a high margin business with few repeat sales. Neurokinetics also offers a line of vestibular testing equipment. We have not had any experience at all with it, but in some ways it seems technically advanced. In other ways, it seems poorly thought through.
This is a fairly ordinary looking system console. We think it is a good idea to have two displays, but we think it is a bad idea to run them off of the computer. One should be an analog monitor so that it will work even when the computer crashes and will update in near realtime instead of via the computer interface. We also think it is silly to put a printer on the systems cart -- the printer should be a decent network color printer. We also can't imagine why someone would want to stand up and operate the rotatory chair. Our technicians all want to sit.
This is the Neurokinetic goggle. The very unusual feature of this goggle is that it has an IEEE interface ("I-Portal"). We do not know how well this works as we have never had the opportunity to try it. However, the general idea seems reasonable as it reduces the number of image grabbing steps by one. A huge problem with this goggle is that it does not have any way to change the angle of the camera, with respect to the eye. While Neurokinetics claims that this is OK because their camera has so much resolution, we would far rather have BOTH the resolution and the ability to point the camera towards the object of interest. The IEEE interface makes the archiving process easier, but makes the analog display (which is needed !) impossible.
The lack of an ability to move the camera also means that there is no ability to center the fixation point. This is another big problem.
This is the Neurokinetics rotatory chair. We like the large seat and the solid construction. We are not so sure about the safety harness, and we wonder what keeps the feet from flying out. We also think that the height off the floor might provoke anxiety. Recessing the chair into the floor would help.
This is a close-up of the Neurokinetics mask and head holder. It certainly looks businesslike. It is hard to see what keeps the subject from ducking their head out of the brace.