Apologies for the long time since our last update, we have been busy with other aspects of the project, but finally have new items to share with you all.
We are introducing a new major feature, called tag pins that will allow you to mark nodes of interest so you can more easily return to them later. By selecting a node and pressing the ‘T’ key you can place a persistent tag pin on a node of interest, for example a branching point. You can use the tag to return to that node more easily. In addition consensus will now automatically add tag pins at endpoints, indicating areas which you may need to form a connection or continue tracing from. To unlock tag pins, you will need to have at least finished the quest introducing you to consensus.
We have updated the Magic Tracer tool to create smoother traces and to perform a bit faster. In addition, we have changed the behavior so if you hold shift and left click, it will place a single point. You no longer need to switch to a different tool like Connect-the-Dots 3D if the Magic Tracer fails to create a curve. We have also exposed parameters in the top right settings menu that can affect the quality and performance of the tool, we will create a document that better explains these settings shortly.
Finally, if you experience issues with the latest release, you may need to clear the browser cache and press the ‘Update Available’ button at the bottom right of the screen.
Thank you for playing, we hope to provide more improvements soon!
We just released a new update to the application. We re-added a few buttons that got removed in the ui overhaul. They are the invert colors button that is located above the brightness slider and buttons to more closely control the 3D image clipping. We also added more relevant objectives/quests to the right hand tab to give you a better idea about outstanding issues left in the current challenge. Let us know if you have any issue and thank you for playing!
Hi players, we have released the updated Mozak ui fully. We are also working on changes to fix some clarity issues with some of the tools and make it clearer what work needs to be done on a neuron, so look forward to those soon as well. Please let us know if you have any feedback or run into issues! Thank you all for your contributions!
(07/09/21) Are you ready for a huge shift?!? We’ve been hard at work improving the interface of Mozak to make gameplay smoother and to allow for use on mobile devices. During this next month, we invite all players to check out the new interface, give feedback, and get used to it at your leisure. Work completed using the new interface will be counted as normal.
You can give it a try by clicking the “PLAY MOZAK V2 BETA” button above the scoreboard on any challenge. Drop pictures, comments, and other feedback in the forum so we can work to solve any major issues!
Hello players, we have released a bug fix to some of the tracing tools to work better with the 3D image clipping tool. It should now ignore the signal that you specified to be cropped out using the slider, hopefully resulting in tools like virtual finger making more accurate paths.
(04/23/21) Hello players,
We have a new update to the client to allow us to better support image data from additional partner labs. You’ll notice a new ui slider element at the top of the screen that will allow adjustment of image intensity thresholds.
Image thresholding is a new feature that aims to improve visibility across a neuron for both you and the tools you use. Adjust the dual-handled slider to set the two thresholds. Everything that fall between those two thresholds will be brighter and better contrasted. VF and CTD3D will only consider data that fall between these thresholds. This should enable greater ease of tracing with some of the tricker, fainter datasets. By placing this power into the players’ hands, you have significantly greater control over how you play.
We’re going to post some tricker datasets for you to experiment on with this new tool. Enjoy!!!
We’ve just posted a challenge that comes from X. William Yang’s lab at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). They have developed a unique way of processing datasets that utilizes MOnonucleotide Repeat Frameshift (MORF). The MORF strategy allows the opporunity to label and reconstruct thousands genetically defined cells per mouse brain for large-scale, unbiased, brain-wide classification. We are joining together and using the power of citizen science to help reconstruct the dendritic morphology of MORF-labeled medium spiny neurons (MSNs). These striatal MSNs are a core component of the basal ganglia circuit, which is critical in the regulation of motor control, behavior, and the brain regions most affected by neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s Disease.