About Simian Virtual Reality Experiments

Could we integrate with third party hardware, such as an eyetracker?

 We do have the ability to integrate with third-party services. Many integrations we receive include eye tracking, which would require a Full Package so that oculus or a headset is included for this head tracking. Our custom integration fee is $500 and we’ll do all the work so it works with your hardware out of the box. Further customization to ensure it works is on the house.

If we want to change something about the experiment after our order, how would we do this?

We have the ability to change the code for your experiment, and we have engineers on staff that can modify it without hassle. Our company works really hard to make sure we can be thought of as support staff for you. You’d have a full-time engineer assigned to your lab so that changes can be made quickly. Science often changes quickly and efficiently. You should think of our team as a part of your lab, and we’ll be there with you through your experiments to ensure this gets done right.

What objects are in the 10 object kit?

We have a large library that we can create for you with basically any sort of widget, or real /imaginary item in our collection. Just ask us and we’ll make sure that item is in your experiment for you to configure later on. The issue isn’t the limitations as much as that there are almost too many options. We generally try to replicate prior experiments, but if you want to try new items we’re happy to make it work for you!

What software do you integrate with?

We integrate with Unity and some VR SDKs. Please let us know if you have custom integration needs.

Is it available in my country?

Yes! As long as you have an internet connection and a PC, our software can work in your laboratory! If you need a custom translation, please let us know and we can create a custom version for you.

After we purchase with customization, how long will it take to deliver?

If you give us specifications, we can find the art assets and put together the experiment according to your specifications. We try to make the process as painless as possible so that your experiment’s protocol works out of the box. The timeline depends on how complicated a specification and environments are. Generally this can take about 2 weeks or so after the PO is created with our accounting office. Our process also doesn’t stop at delivery! We understand that science changes and we’re here to support those changes after delivery as well. That’s part of the package.

What are the hardware requirements to run Simian?

The software is compatible with the following as of 2019

  • Desktop:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1+, macOS 10.11+, Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
    • Graphics card with DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities.
    • CPU: SSE2 instruction set support.
  • iOS player requires iOS 9.0 or higher.
  • Android: OS 4.1 or later; ARMv7 CPU with NEON support or Atom CPU; OpenGL ES 2.0 or later.
  • WebGL: Any recent desktop version of Firefox, Chrome, Edge or Safari.
  • Universal Windows Platform: Windows 10 and a graphics card with DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities

How many participants can I run on the Simian software?

You can run as many trials and participants on your software as you’d like. We won’t limit that, and we’ll never charge additional fees for adding participants.

Data Storage

Can the data be exported?

The data can be exported as CSV, JSON, or we can work with you to convert into other formats. We’re happy to customize!

How is the data stored?

Data is automatically packaged by participant and experiment. It can be visualized online, and also downloaded in various formats. Basically, our engineers will integrate with whatever data file format you need.

Accounts and Purchasing

How do I purchase the software?

Since most of our customers are academic institutions with grant funds, our accounts department handles all of the quotes, purchase orders, and invoices. Please contact us and we’ll put you in touch with our accounts department to handle the purchase, no extra work for you!

Is it a one time purchase?

Yes! Our software can be thought of as an experiment in a box. Once you purchase, you pay the one time fee and the software is yours to use for life.

Will I be charged for later customization?

We’re always happy to provide more items and configurations as well for a reasonable price. For most items, a $50 a la carte additional item 25 package fee applies. Our goal is to get you your experiment, and we won’t nickel or dime you. That is our promise.