The Neuron SpikerBox Pro

Backyard Brains

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The Neuron SpikerBox Pro

Record living neurons, hear what the brain sounds like, and see Action Potentials on your Smartphone or PC. Never before have powerful neuroscience tools been this accessible!

As part of our Pro line, this kit is easy to use for beginners, but powerful enough to record publication-ready results! This kit can turn any home or classroom into a Ph.D. lab!

Order your kit today and begin performing your own experiments!

Are you a student or an amateur scientist yearning to get your start in neuroscience? Or are you a seasoned expert looking for a side project? Perhaps you're a teacher in need of an affordable, exciting, and in-depth educational tool to make learning neuroscience fun for kids or young adults. You could even be looking for a competition-destroying science fair project. Whatever your neuroscience need, the Neuron Spikerbox is here to fill it! The Neuron SpikerBox is a bioamplifier that allows you to hear and see real-time electrical "spikes", or action potentials, of live neurons in invertebrates.

Below, you can see Backyard Brains co-founder Greg Gage on the TED stage demonstrating the use of the Neuron SpikerBox for recording signals from a cockroach:

He also shows how you can stimulate the leg with electricity generated from sound recordings. Check out how it responds to a beatboxer's rhythms!

This kit comes with our fully assembled Neuron SpikerBox and a variety of cables so you can hit the ground running on cockroach legs. Don't wait until you've got a big, complex electrophysiology rig assembled before you can see and listen to spikes... get the Neuron SpikerBox and record them today!


Product Details

The Neuron SpikerBox comes ready with everything you need start learning and experimenting with neuroscience. You only need to supply time, curiosity, and an invertebrate (we find that cockroaches, crickets, or earthworms work best). Once you have an invertebrate, follow the included guide and our online experiments, and soon you will be listening to the beautiful sound of live neuron spiking activity. You'll also see them in real time on your mobile device or computer. Remember: all of our software and experiments are free!

See more of the stimulation experiment in action below, courtesy of our friends over at Harvard's Neurosceince MOOC: 

Also check out our in-house commercial for the product for more information.

Precision Data
Record publication-quality signals and events.

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2 Channels
Record from multiple neurons at once.

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Smartphone & PC
View on your Phone, Analyze on your PC.

It’s Loud
Whole classrooms can hear your demonstrations!


  1. How fast are action potentials?
  2. How do neurons encode information?
  3. What is the effect of temperature on neurons?
  4. Does the size of the axon change the speed?

Product Contents

  1. 1 x Neuron SpikerBox Pro
  2. 1 x 2-Channel Recording Pin Electrodes
  3. 1 x Blue USB Cable
  4. 1 x Green Smartphone Cable
  5. 1 x Red Stimulation Cable
  6. 1 x Battery

BYB Spike Recorder App

You can run the BYB Spike Recorder on a variety of platforms. Click links below to download and install.







Neuron SpikerBox Pro Technical Schematic


Neuron SpikerBox Pro Technical Specifications

Sampling Rate 10k (2ch)
Frequency Range 220-3100hz
Max Sound Level 104 SPL
Neuron Signal SNR 30dB
Battery Life 4hr at Full Volume, 18 hr Recording
Output USB Micro, Headphones, Smartphone, 2 Analog Out
Inputs 2x Neuron Cables, 5x Digital Ins or 3x Digital Ins/2x Analog Ins
Electrical Safety Type BF (Body Floating)



What's New in Neuron SpikerBox Pro




Neuron Recording  

1 Channel


2 Channels

Speaker Use  

Personal (Quiet)


Classroom (4x Louder)

iOS Recording  

Smartphone Cable (1 ch)


Smartphone Cable (1 ch)

PC / Android  

Smartphone Cable (1 ch)


USB (2 ch) / Smartphone Cable (1 ch)


Smartphone Cable (1 ch)


Smartphone Cable (1 ch)

Event Markers  



Event Markers supported on PC/Mac/Android

Analog Inputs  



2 inputs for recording lab devices




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