The Campbell lab has built multiple systems to measure the mechanical properties of striated (cardiac nad skeletal) muscle preparations. You can read more about the specialized setups at the links below.
In general, we are fans of automation. That is, we control our experimental systems using computers whenever we can. Many of the setups use SLControl, a data acquisition system that Ken Campbell developed when he was a postdoc with Rick Moss. We also regularly use Microstar Data Acquisition Processors to implement real-time control algorithms.
Although we used to develop in Pascal, Assembly, and C++, nowadays we are more likely to use MATLAB. We have even implemented some simple techniques using Lego Mindstorms technology.
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