movisensXS Updates December 2016

We are happy to announce another huge update to the movisensXS Platform.

This update is all about the participant experience.
Please read the following changes carefully!

The update of the movisensXS app (Version 1.1) will happen tomorrow, 02.12.2016.
As always, if you are running a productive study, if possible, please disable auto-updates.

Participant Feedback about the Study Process

If you define a start and end date for a participant in a study the participant now gets feedback in the app showing him when the study will start and when it is ended.

This also helps to see if a smartphone is not performing correctly.

Improved margins when using images together with scales

When you show images e.g. above a likert scale with a "Multi Item Screen", the image is aligned to the buttons. We improved the margins of all items to line up nicely in a "Multi Item Screen".

User feedback when starting a large study

We improved the startup speed of a study tremendously. But apart from that we also included a loading screen if the start of the study takes a bit on older devices with large studies. It looks like the following (this is in slow motion).

Starting a Study in Slow-Motion

But there are even more movisensXS app improvements

  • Improved barcode scanner
  • Improved random time trigger to work in cases of restart
  • Decreased amount of permissions on startup
  • Improved margins for images and likert scales
  • Improved User Interface with consistent card buttons
  • Added Android Nougat (Android 7) support
  • Added indicator for study state at homescreen
  • Added a possibility to send log information to developer
  • Added indicators in WebViews
  • Prevent user from double clicking buttons
  • Back button now usable in informed consent
  • Automatic cancelling of concurrent alarms
  • Fixed various bugs

And some improvements of beta features

  • Added sampling nodes (notifications, sampling running, check mutable value action)
  • Added new items (offline video and timer)
  • Fixed null results at cognitive library items
  • Added movisens sync service to gather data from triggerapp
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As always, let us know if you have any questions. Please spread the word and tell your colleagues about our great new features.

movisensXS July 2016 Update

This update is all about privacy and improving the experience for the participant. Please read the following changes carefully!

The update of the web portal will happen on Monday on 04.06.2016 at 22:00 o'clock (UTC+1, Berlin time zone). There will be a planned downtime of about 30 minutes. 

The update of the movisensXS app (Version 1.0) will happen in approximately two weeks. The beta version will roll out tomorrow. As always, if you are running a productive study, if possible, please disable auto-updates for the movisensXS App because the new user interface of movisensXS may confuse your participants. This is especially important on Android 5+ smartphones with activated "Lock Other Apps" functionality, because running studies are stopped when the update is installed automatically and a new permission has to be granted to continue the study.
This version is the last version supporting smartphones with an Android version below 4.0. If you use a older smartphone please check if an Android update is available.

Informed Consent

We added an informed consent start screen to the movisensXS app. When a participant starts a study he has to review and accept the following:

  • An informed consent that you can define for your study in the study settings (optional).
  • An informed consent from movisens, that gives us the approval to process the data of the participant. We also allow participants to opt-out of our app crash reporting provider Crashlytics.
  • A screen that lists all the required permissions in your study. This gives the participant transparency about the data that is acquired during your study. On Android 6 and above the participant has to grant some of these permissions manually and we guide the participants through the process of granting them so your study can run smoothly.  

The following shows the new behavior when a study is started:

This behavior only applies to studies that are not yet coupled to smartphones. Already coupled studies or studies with an older app do not show these screens, except for Android 6 Smartphones.

Better Alarm and Forms handling

From the home screen a participant can directly take an alarm or continue a form. These are shown as cards on the home screen.

Improvements of the web portal

  • More and more private smartphones of participants are used. This is why we removed the "Smartphones" tab in the web portal. We no longer store any device specific ids. Please backup your device IDs if you need to know which participant used which Smartphone.
  • The results table changed: The "Device" column is removed and the columns "Trigger_date" and "Trigger_time" are added. This allows checking when an alarm was issued and when a participant started to complete a form.
  • We also updated our terms of service to improve the privacy even further. The new terms of service will be available after the update here: https://xs.movisens.com/tos
  • An updated item format gallery with new images will be available after the update:https://xs.movisens.com/help/forms#item_formats

But there are even more movisensXS app improvements

  • We added support for Android 6 Marshmallow (permissions and alarms)
  • Phone numbers are now hashed by movisensXS generated identifier (hashes stay the same per participant).
  • Minor UI changes for the toolbar buttons
  • Changed look and feel of button pressed to new card design
  • Added new lock other apps mechanism to support newer devices
  • Overflow menus will now be shown on every device
  • Back button can now be used to go back in message view
  • Retry upload of results automatically if no internet connection was available.
  • Added imprint and terms of service in settings
  • Added privacy enhancements for Android 6 (no autobackup allowed)
  • Added new barcode scanning
  • Added SART cognitive test
  • Fixed bug where photos and videos aren't deleted after upload to server
  • Fixed bug where movisens is restarted after an app receives an update (now only when movisensXS receives an update)
  • Fixed bug with battery low condition
  • Fixed back button wasn't disabled bug when allowBack was false
  • Fixed bug with whitespaces in mutable value names
  • Fixed autocorrect bug on motorola razer
  • Fixed validation of IntentAction
  • Fixed emoticon problems in free textfields
  • Fixed scrolling behaviour on large textitems
  • Fixed coupledialog
  • Fixed memory leaks
  • Changed to Google maps v2
  • Changed to Google Play Services 8.1

And some improvements of beta features

  • Participant defined time triggers can now be repeated and saved as mutable items
  • Added Geofence Trigger
  • Optimized location algorithm for new Google Play Services

Yeah, what a release. As always, let us know if you have any questions. Please spread the word and tell your colleagues about our great new features.

movisensXS August Update

Today we released some smaller user interface improvements to the movisensXS web page. The green action buttons (e.g. for adding participants) moved to the top right of the page.
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Today we released some smaller user interface improvements to the movisensXS web page. The green action buttons (e.g. for adding participants) moved to the top right of the page.

New Android version coming

We are currently preparing a new movisensXS app release which will be distributed to beta users beginning today and will be released to all users on 4th of September! This new version will bring a completely redesigned questionnaire user interface. It looks exactly the same on all of the over 10,000 supported android devices! This new version will also change the way participants get alarms. They come as notifications, which is better for the compliance if a participant uses his own smartphone. These new alarms can now also be muted by setting the phone to silent mode. In full screen mode, the behavior is still the same as it was before this new version.

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Other upcoming app Improvements

  • Introducing participant friendly notification system for alarms. These alarms can now also be muted by setting the phone to silent mode.
  • Participants can now configure the alarm sound and font size
  • Beautiful new user interface for all android versions
  • Added new participant onboarding
  • Participant can couple with a study by clicking on a link
  • Longer texts can be shown in the random word item
  • Removed possibility to select old files in multimedia items
  • Update to google play services 7.5.0
  • Optimization for Android Lollipop and M
  • Fixed bugs with music player on HTC One V
  • Improved random time triggers
  • Added possiblity to let the participant define a trigger time
  • Compatible with Android Version 2.3+
Full Changlog: http://xs.movisens.com/help/faq#changelog

Interactive Ambulatory Assessment – Project

Dr. Verkuil & Dr. Brosschot from Leiden University will use heart rate variability (HRV) to investigate the impact of psychological stress on physiological stress. It is therefore important to measure the psychological stress at moments when people are also likely to be physiologically stressed. In their project, all periods of HRV that are not explained by physical activity will be detected. Each non-metabolic induced HRV decrease period will trigger a smartphone app that asks subjects to indicate what they are currently thinking and doing and how they are currently feeling. The aim of this study is to test if stress cognition is increased during periods of HRV decrease compared to random neutral episodes. Leiden University realizes this highly innovative project using movisens ecgMove 3 and movisensXS.

movisensXS May Update

Today we are proud to announce our newest release of movisensXS.
  1. Upload all results from the device
  2. Update the movisensXS app to version 0.6.3412
  3. Synchronize your study
Please remember to deactivate automatic updates of movisensXS in the Play Store! It assures, that a study continues to run even if a new app version is released.

Messaging between you and your participants

movisensXS has now a build-in messaging support that lets you stay in contact with your participants during the study.
This can increase the compliance. All you need is a SIM card with an internet data contract.
Messages to/from participant count as 1 item result and are shown in the billing.
To activate messaging in existing studies, go into the preferences of your study (wrench icon), select movisensXS Library v3357 and save the changes. Than go to your sampling and open the "Study Running" block and enable the "Enable Messaging" checkbox. Make sure, you make a dummy change (like moving a block around) so you can safe the changes (blue floppy-disk at the top of the screen). Make sure you have the latest movisensXS app installed and synced your study with the smartphone after you enabled the messaging.

Improved Date and Time Pickers

On devices with Android 3.0 or higher new date and time pickers are shown, that are easier to use. With swipe gestures the date and time can be defined very quickly. Coming with the movisensXS Library v3357 is is now possible to select a default time and date. This is useful if your participants have to specify a time that is far away from now, (e.g. at night, fill out when you plan to waking up at the next day).

App Improvements

  • Fixed problems with overlaying keyboard in full-screen mode
  • Improved coupling, sync and upload process
  • Fixed problems with multimedia items on Android 4.4
  • Added media players to multimedia items and PlayAudioItems
  • Closing missed alarm-screens
  • Fixed issue with CDMA phones
  • Lots of stability improvements
  • New error reporting, which helps us to make the movisensXS app and server even more robust
  • Preparation for future awesome features

Server Improvements

  • New deployment mechanisms, allow us to make faster updates with a smaller downtime
  • Stability improvements
  • Updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to reflect the use of third-party services
  • New logging and monitoring systems helps us to identify problems faster
  • New customer support system that allow us to respond to your questions even faster

movisensXS July Update

Today we just wanted to let you know that a new movisensXS app is available.

Improvements

  • Improved stability (an Android bug caused a crash on some devices after ~1000 items have been answered).
  • Moved all data to internal storage (requires enough internal storage but increases reliability).
  • Fixed auto start after reboot feature on Nexus devices running Android version 4.2.2. 
To update your smartphone please do the following steps:
  1. Upload all results from the device
  2. Update the movisensXS app to version 0.5.2526 
  3. Synchronize your study
Please remember to deactivate automatic updates of movisensXS in the Play Store! It assures, that a study continues to run even if a new app version is released.

movisensXS April Update

Today we want to announce lots of new features we build into movisensXS. All your studies and configurations have been updated. Because this is a major release, you have to perform a few steps to use the new app:
  1. Upload all results from the device
  2. Update the movisensXS app to version 0.4.2453
  3. Synchronize your study
Please remember to deactivate automatic updates of movisensXS in the Play Store! It assures, that a study continues to run even if a new app version is released.

movisensXS guide

XS_guideWant to get the most out of movisensXS? Or have a question about how something works? Check out the all new movisensXS Guide.
Search the Guide for something specific, read it top-to-bottom, or get best practice tips about the sampling and the item formats.
We're updating the Guide frequently.

Introducing Delayable Alarms

XS_alarm_featureNow the participant can delay an alarm, if he is currently busy. You can configure the maximum time the participant can delay an alarm and if he can dismiss an alarm. We think this feature can improve your study compliance even further.

Improved Excel result output

  • Dates are now split in separate date and time columns.
  • Select many options are now split into several columns (1=selected, 0=not selected).
  • A column added that indicates the completed form.
  • The columns are reordered.
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Smaller Improvements

  • Improved result graphs
  • Added possibility to track the amount of credits used by each study (included in billing)
  • Added support for international characters (e.g. Chinese)
  • Probands are now participant
  • App: Optimized likert scale and vas scale (possibility to hide marker)
  • App: Smaller GUI improvements
  • Lots of smaller bugs have been removed.

movisensXS February Update

Today we want to announce lots of new features we build into movisensXS. All your studies and configurations have been updated. Because this is a major release, you have to perform a few steps to use the new app:
  1. Upload all results from the device
  2. Update the movisensXS app to version 0.3.2303
  3. Finish the study and couple the device to a participant again
Please remember to deactivate automatic updates of movisensXS in the Play Store! It assures, that a study continues to run even if a new app version is released.

Introducing Reaction Time

XS_reaction_featureThanks to the Universität Koblenz-Landau you can now measure the time a participant needed to answer one item. You can do so by placing a Multi-Item Screen, adding the item you want to measure and also adding the Reaction Time item on the bottom of the screen. The reaction time will be recorded in milliseconds as the time from the screen being showed till the time the next button is pressed. It can be used e.g. to measure the compliance of the participant. Please be aware, that the reaction time can vary depending on the used device and current processes running in Android.

Introducing Auto Advance

The item formats Select One and Likert Scale are now configurable to activate Auto Advance. If it is activated and the participant selects an answer option he is automatically taken to the next screen. This can reduce answer time and improve the compliance.
In a Multi-Item Screen you can not set a time when the screen automatically advances to the next screen or item. This allows you to e.g. display texts only for a limited time.

Introducing Multimedia Items

XS_items_media_smallThanks to the Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus we can today announce multimedia items. You can now capture pictures, videos, audio and barcodes. Just drag and drop the new item formats into your study and you are ready to go. To download the results please use the dropdown button on the results page and select MultiMedia Results (ZIP).

Introducing Display Image Item Format

Again thanks to the Universität Koblenz-Landau you can now display images (e.g. show magazine articles the participant has to read.XS_Screenshot

Improved Study Control Screen

The study control screen has been completely redesigned. Now you can start or pause a study, upload the results, synchronize the study configuration with the server and finish the study for this participant on one screen.

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Define the Study Duration for Each Proband

XS_durationNow you can define a start and end date for each proband. If you specified a date range, the sampling will only trigger the proband or show him buttons and forms if the current date is in the specified date range. If you do not define a start or end date, the sampling starts immediately or never ends. This date range is also compatible with the Sampling Daycondition, which allows you to define different sampling schemes on each sampling day.

Smaller Improvements

  • To remove the problem of using one couple-code accidently for two participants, the couple-codes are now invalid as soon as they have been used once. You can always refresh the study configuration for a proband in the study control screen.
  • We integrated the barcode scanner into movisensXS. You do not need to install a barcode scanner app any more.
  • The date formats changed for the Date Range condition. If you use one, please be sure to check if the dates are still correct.
  • Improved developer integration.
  • Lots of smaller bugs have been removed.

movisensXS October Update

Today we are happy to announce lots of new features in movisensXS.

Simplified Branching

With the movisensXS forms editor you can now easily define if an item should show, depending on the answer of previous Select OneSelect Many and Likertitems. 
Important: If you have used the old Visibility Rule you need to update you configuration, because next time you couple a device the old Visibility Rulewill be deleted.

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Improved Forms Editor

We added new icons and new styles to make the use of the forms editor easier to use. You also see an the eye-icon if a visibility rule is defined.
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Multi-Item Screen

We have added the Multi-Item Screen which allows to present multiple items on one screen. Of course you can define visiblity rules for the screen and the items inside the screen.
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Download Results

XS_Bild_20We have redesigned the results area. You can now download the whole study or download the results of each proband indiviually.

Smaller Improvements

  • Improved Tablet Support
  • Improved Alarm Screen
  • Improved Developer Integration

All your studies and configurations has been updated. To use them please update your movisensXS app and refresh your configuration in the study control screen.

movisensXS September Update

Today we're rolling out a new version (0.2.2048) with a few improvements.

movisensXS is now available on Google Play

XS_Bild_installThis makes installation and updating a lot easier. If you are still running an old version please grab the update here.

Likert Scale

XS_likert_scaleThe Likert Scale is one of the longest awaited features. It is now available. Just drag and drop it into your form.

Lots of smaller improvements

  • Added Demo Study ot the movisensXS App to testdrive the App
  • Added automatic restart after update of movisensXS App
  • Added option to refresh configuration
  • Improved preferences
  • Improved PIN entry
  • Improved locking of other apps
  • Fixed error with Inactivity Alarm
  • Fixed problem with GeoPoint Item
  • Smaller bugfixes
All your studies and configurations has been updated. To use them please update your movisensXS app and refresh your configuration in the study control screen (see red box on the image on the right).