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    Hello all,

    My name is Adam Kiefer and I am a post-doc in the Virtual Environment
    Navigation Lab at Brown University. I am writing because we are
    attempting to build a tendon vibration apparatus from scratch, in
    order to examine the role of dorsal neck muscle vibration in goal-
    directed locomotion, and I was hoping for some assistance from anyone
    with experience building/employing these devices. We are choosing to
    work from scratch in order to maximize customizability both in
    portability and in software control, but would be willing to go the
    commercial route if anyone knows of a company that specializes in
    customization of this type of equipment. Specifically, we want to
    construct something that has a portable power supply, preferably
    controlled wirelessly (e.g., blue-tooth compatible), with a fast rise
    time, and at a size that could be used both on the neck and at other
    anatomical locations in future studies. Most of the literature has
    described a brushless DC servo-motor of some type, so any information
    on companies anyone has ordered from in the past would be helpful.
    Also, for those of you who have dealt with these types of devices, if
    you are able to provide any recommendations you might have regarding
    things to make sure to look out for, issues you have come across, and
    any other information you think would be helpful we would greatly
    appreciate it!



    Adam Kiefer, Ph. D.
    Post-doctoral Research Associate
    Dept. of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences
    Box 1978
    Brown University
    Providence, RI 02912-1978

    Office: 102-F Metcalf Research Building
    P: 513-315-7905