Stim Tracker to ADInstruments’ PowerLab using Math Lab

This is with reference to the discussion on

I hope to clarify what is happening when you send the command ‘mh’ from math lab using ADInstrument Powerlab as a recording mechanism.

have a look at the link
It shows you that bit 6-8 is the event marker 0-2 which gives you a value of 1-7(3 bits) trigger to play with. Keep in mind the location of the bit (6-8) which has a byte value of 32 onwards.

Going back to the command ‘mh’ which is standard on Stim Tracker you can send the command like “mh” + byte value which will correspond to which ever bit is on.
Example: sending the command (‘mh’,1) will set bit 6 on in the AD instrument giving the value 32 (byte) in the lab chart software.
Example: sending( ‘mh’,7) will set all the three bits on (6-8) which will give a digital byte value of 224 in the lab chart.
Note: take note that this values are only the bit 6-8 any bit on from 1-5 will affect the digital byte on the Labchart event.

it took us a while to figure out what’s happening and just wanted to share out results because I also get some information in lots of forum.:slight_smile: I am sure it will be the same principle in most computer languages.

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Thank you!

Hi Hisham

Just wondering is their more commands that can be used apart from mh and mp in StimTracker?
beside from

Right now I understand base on Ads instrument I can only use Bit 6-8 for event triggering?



Hi Al,

All the commands available are listed on the webpage you mention.

Al, you are unfortunately correct: only bits 6-8 can be used for sending event codes. More event code bits are available when the EEG’s input accepts 16 bits, but AD Instruments’ PowerLab accepts only 8 bits. We limited event codes to three bits to leave room for the other signals: light sensors, audio, microphone/voice key, and participant input.

Hi Hisham and MonikaT

Thank you for the clarification.
What we did as a work around which others may be doing as well is that we used the other one light sensors to add 1 bit in the event giving us at least 4 bits to play with on trigger at any case it’s just a matter of putting a shape where the light sensor is located and we can trigger one light sensor bit.

if in case we will not use the two light sensor we can even use two additional bits, just an advise also for those would like to add some event trigger options which is handy on multiple conditions being monitored at times.