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Python library for interfacing with Cedrus XID devices, e.g. StimTracker, RB-x40, c-pod, and Lumina.

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Python library for communicating with all Cedrus XID devices: StimTracker, RB-x40 response pads, c-pod, Lumina, and SV-1.

XID (eXperiment Interface Device) devices are used with software such as SuperLab, Presentation, and E-Prime for receiving input as part of stimulus/response testing experiments.

This handles all of the low level device handling for XID devices in python projects. The developer using this library must poll the attached device(s) for responses. Here's an example of how to do so, followed by an example of how to send a series of TTL signals:

import pyxid2
import time

# get a list of all attached XID devices
devices = pyxid2.get_xid_devices()

dev = devices[0] # get the first device to use

# If you're trying to collect responses from a StimTracker Duo/Quad,
# you'll have to enable USB output for the appropriate response type.
# You can read about it here
# in the SIGNAL FILTERING & FLOW section.
#dev.enable_usb_output('K', True)

# Note that not all XID commands are implemented in this library. You
# can send any arbitrary string to the XID device if you need one of the
# unimplemented commands, like so (second arg is return bytes expected):
#dev._send_command('iuK1', 0)

if dev.is_response_device():
    print ("Press a key!")
    while not dev.has_response():

    response = dev.get_next_response()


sleep_flash = .3
for bm in range(0, 16):
    mask = 2 ** bm
    print("activate_line bitmask: ", mask)


The response is a python dict with the following keys:

port: Device port the response was from (typically 0)
key: Response pad key pressed by the subject
pressed: True if the key was pressed, False if it was released
time: value of the Response Time timer when the key was pressed/released

Sending a TTL pulse signal via the library can be done via the following methods:


See the docstring for activate_line() for documentation on how to use it.


Each XID device has an internal timer. This timer can be reset via a USB command or automatically on the onset of a light sensor or onset of audio.

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