News 2005

The Observer helps to save the Giant Panda
30 March 2005
Leeuwarden - Protection of one of the most endangered species in the world, the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca): that’s the main goal of a new cooperation between the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (WRC), the Van Hall Institute and Noldus Information Technology.
The WRC is a non-profit institution that has been working together with a number of international researchers for a number of years in its strive to protect and safeguard the long term survival of the Giant Panda. Its mission is not only conservation, but also research and education focusing on the Giant Panda by providing a naturalistic location for long term study. The WRC is located in Wolong, Sichuan, the province in China where most Giant Pandas live. The researchers will use The Observer Mobile to observe and analyze the behavior of the Giant Panda, both in the research centre as well as after re-introduction in its natural habitat. This way the researchers can increase their knowledge about the Giant Pandas' behavior, which will contribute to the success of breeding and re-introduction programs. 

New update of The Observer 5.0
24 February 2005

Wageningen - Noldus Information Technology today announced the release of The Observer 5.0.31, an update of its flagship product for collection and analysis of observational data. 
New features in version 5.0.31
In this new release, we have added a number of features, such as:

New and improved demo-projects that help you to get started creating your own projects.
The collection of The Observer Quick Start Guides has been extended with versions in Chinese and German. Italian, Dutch and English versions were already available.
A new Technical Note explains more about the use of DVDs in The Observer.

Support of new handheld devices in The Observer Mobile
The Observer Mobile with Pocket Observer supports a wide range of new handheld devices for mobile observations. These are the new models that we support:

The first results of research with PhenoTyper have been published
18 February 2005

Wageningen - Last year, Noldus Information Technology introduced PhenoTyper; a novel video-based system for continuous, automated tracking of mice in an instrumented home cage environment. PhenoTyper is particularly useful for high throughput screening of behavioral phenotypes or for studying mice during circadian cycles. 

Today, we are pleased to hear that the first results of research with PhenoTyper have been published in Behavioral Brain Research:

De Visser, L.; van den Bos, R.; Spruijt, B.M. (2005). Automated home cage observations as a tool to measure the effects of wheel running on cage floor locomotion. Behavioural Brain Research, 160, 382-388.

Noldus opens local office for Spain and Portugal
15 February 2005

Barcelona - From the beginning of 2005 onwards, researchers in Spain and Portugal can contact our just inaugurated office in Barcelona for any request or advice on our products and services. Why an office in Spain? Noldus Information Technology not only wishes to offer the best possible products, but also the best pre- and after-sales services: quotations, installations, trainings, technical support, specialized courses... and, what better way to do this than being as close as possible to the customer and speaking your language (in this case Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan)? Our person in charge, Elena Alvarez, is a scientist with more than 16 years of experience in this field. It will be her pleasure to advise on the best possible solution to fit your needs!
Contact Details

Elena Alvarez, Sales Engineer
Noldus Information Technology España
Torroella de Mongrí 21
08027 Barcelona

New Noldus building reaches highest point
14 January 2005

Wageningen - Construction of the new Noldus Information Technology building began in the summer of 2004, and it is really starting to take shape. Today we celebrated the completion of the highest point with some 100 guests. At the ceremony, the four children of Lucas Noldus placed a commemorative stone. Alexander Pechtold, mayor of Wageningen, held a speech and cut a ribbon to open the doors to the future.

Mayor Alexander Pechtold and Lucas Noldus
looking into the future.

Lucas and his children posing in front of the commemorative stone.

Several guided tours were subsequently conducted to give our guests an impression of the new facilities. The tours finished with a cocktail party, where Lucas reviewed the history of the company and presented a glimpse of what lies ahead of us.

EthoVision featured in TV science show
11 January 2005

Wageningen - EthoVision made its star appearance in a Dutch TV science show. During the TV show, the two singing sisters of popular Dutch music group 'Lois Lane' performed a version of the Morris water maze applicable to humans. The Morris water maze is normally used to assess spatial memory in rodents. Instead of locating a platform hidden just below the water’s surface (the objective of the water maze), the sisters were expected to locate a double bed in a bedroom imitation while blindfolded. 

 Locating the double bed while blindfolded.

Whereas one of the sisters had the chance to memorize the location of the double bed in advance, her sister had to perform the test with no knowledge of the arrangement of the bedroom imitation whatsoever. By wearing a stylish bow on top of their heads, EthoVision registered the locomotion of the sisters by means of a camera placed above the bedroom imitation.