Winner Student Project of the Year 2020

The winner of this year's competition for the student project of the year in context of the 10th anniversary of movisens has been determined!
Congratulations to Katharina Eckert from the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

The prize includes a "Starter Set for Ambulatory Assessment from movisens"!
With an activity sensor of the latest generation (Move 4) including accessories and a movisensXS Basic Bundle to perform an Experience Sampling study, Katharina is perfectly equipped for her next research project. In addition, Katharina will receive an individual half-day training and DataProcessing Service from movisens. The winning prize has a total value of around 2000 euros.

For her master's thesis, Katharina Eckert performed a study to find out what role work-related demands and resources play in the coping hypothesis of the Job Demands-Resources Model for work engagement and heart rate variability.
The collected data and findings during this study were also successfully published in the following paper by her supervisor Regina Schmid. „Teachers’ ambulatory heart rate variability as an outcome and moderating variable in the job demands-resources model“.
movisens congratulates on this important research work!

Sustainability Campaign

This past year, movisens placed great value on a more sustainable design of the entire value chain. We significantly reduced the use of plastics and substantially cut transport emissions. In order to end the year striving for improved sustainability, we came up with something new for our Christmas campaign this year.

movisens would like to use this year's Christmas campaign to make a positive contribution to environmental issues. For this purpose, we selected three sustainable projects that require support in the coming year. Our newsletter subscribers had the possibility to give their vote for one of three sustainable projects.

The first donation would go to the Nature Conservation Southern Palatinate Association which is committed to the restoration of the cultural landscape and the protection of the native biodiversity.
Secondly, we selected the regional group of the Economy for the common good in Karlsruhe. A donation would support the implementation of an ecological, social and economic balance sheet within regional small and medium-size enterprises.
Last but not least a donation for the organization “Stop Talking Start Planting” would support children planting a million trees in order to achieve a positive Co2 balance.

New partner in the USA

movisens proudly announces our new sales partner Brain Vision LLC.
Brain Vision now distributes our range of sensors across North America.
We're looking forward to a successful partnership.

movisens official partner of the Young Academics (DVS)

movisens is now an official partner of the „Young Academics“ of the German Association for Sports Science (DVS).
As leader for mobile sensor technology, movisens has provided universities and research institutions with the latest technology for over 10 years, and supports scientists in their quest for new knowledge.

We are looking forward to presenting our innovative sensor solutions for Ambulatory Assessment and Mobile Monitoring at the upcoming DVS young talents workshops and to regularly inform them about the developments at movisens.

We would like to thank the "Young Acadmics" committee for this great opportunity for continued cooperation.
Further information about the work of the DVS "Young Academics" commission can be found on the corresponding website: Young Academics“.

Corona Service – Study Recommendation

Dear customers, dearest researchers,

In challenging times like these, we’d like to take a moment to wish you personally, your families, your colleagues and your study participant’s good health. We here at movisens remain available for you even in the current crisis. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding ongoing or planned studies. Together, we will find the optimal solution to keep some things moving forward in this difficult situation.
Presently we’re all working from home and trying to make the best out of this challenging situation. Therefore we have thought about how we can support you in the best possible way. In addition, we prepared some tips to give you and your study participants to allow you to continue your research projects.

Learn more about the possibilities that movisens currently offers you

movisens DataProcessing Service

movisens presents the DataProcessing Service – a service that spares you the time and hassle of cleaning and processing your data.
The movisens experts process physiological as well as subjective data as required, to move you quickly in to the statistical phase of your study.

Learn more about the services of the movisens DataProcessing Service

Study Diary (VII)

SedentaryMood-Study (Part VII)

The following article is part of a series about the "SedentaryMood-Study".

In the last article the practical implementation of the study was described. In the following and last blog post the result of the study is presented.

Result

The results indicate that there is a significant negative influence on the mood dimension alertness-fatigue and on the good-bad mood. In general terms, this means that sedentary behaviour contributes to higher fatigue. Sedenary units (≥ 30 minutes) in which no interruption took place have a particularly negative effect compared to interrupted units.
With regard to the good-bad mood, the results also point to a significant negative influence of sedentary time. This means that the sedentary time can contribute to a worse mood. Especially negative is the effect of the sedentary units (≥ 30 minutes), in contrast to interrupted sedentary units, on the good-bad mood.

Society for Psychophysiological research 2018

movisens heads abroad to Canada for the 58th annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. The meeting takes place in the Quebec convention centre from the 3rd to the 7th of October. We'll display our unique combination of physiological sensors and experience sampling software, with a key focus on the integration of the two platforms. We look forward to seeing some of our existing customers there, and meeting researchers keen to explore this nascent field.

Amongst a whole array of interesting talks, we're particularly looking forward to the Heart Rate Variability symposium from Julian Thayer on Saturday the 7th. We'd like to extend a warm welcome to all the delegates, and invite them to drop by our table and have a chat about what psychophysiological solutions we can provide for their research.

Measuring “Sedentary Behavior” – General recommendations and solutions by movisens

“Sedentary behavior” is defined as sitting or lying with low energy expenditure (SBRN, 2012). In isolation, energy expenditure provides no reliable information about body posture (e.g. sitting vs. standing), an essential component of assessing sedentary behavior (Holtermann, et al., 2017). Conversley, assessing body posture alone cannot provide insights into energy expenditure, e.g. machine sewing while sitting, crane operators, lifting weights in the gym (Holtermann, et al., 2017). To accurately determine sedentary behaviour requires the assessment of both body posture and energy expenditure.

Reliable methods to measure and assess "sedentary behavior"

  • Case 1: Known environment – e.g. no possibility to stand and all low physical activity ≙ sitting. In this case attaching a sensor at the hip (Move 3) provides only a rough estimation of sedentary behavior.
  • Case 2: Differentiating between sitting/lying & standing. By attaching a sensor (Move 3) to the thigh, the different angles of the axis allow differentiation between sitting/lying and standing. But it is not possible to differentiate between sitting and lying (Byrom, Stratton, McCarthy, & Muelhausen, 2016).
  • Case 3: Assessing changes in time distribution of sedentary behavior – requiring the precise distribution of sedentary behavior and physical activity intensity. This case requires the assessment of both body posture and energy expenditure. This is possible by attaching one sensor (Move 3) at the thigh (sitting/lying vs. standing) and one (Move 3) at the upper body/hip (standing/sitting vs. lying). Additionally, the sensor at the upper body/hip provides the data necessary to estimate energy expenditure (Holtermann, et al., 2017)
  • Case 4: Assessing changes in time distribution of sedentary behavior with a static load. In this case the use of an ecg-sensor provides additional data to assess energy expenditure. Initially the ecg-sensor requires calibration to estimate energy expenditure with additional load. Attaching one sensor (Move 3) at the thigh (sitting/lying vs. standing) and one physical activity and ecg-sensor (EcgMove 3) at the upper body (standing/sitting vs. lying) provides acceleration data from two positions, and the additional ecg-signal allows improved energy expenditure estimations during static work, due to the linear relationship between cardiorespiratory stress and energy expenditure (Holtermann, et al., 2017).
  • Case 5: If an intervention is necessary, or if the research requires additional subjective parameters, we offer the possibility to trigger a questionnaire with our experience sampling platform movisensXS via our SensorTrigger. After the application detects 30 minutes (customizable by the researcher) of sedentary behaviour (<1.5MET) from the sensor, the trigger displays a form on a smartphone app prompting the participant to answer a questionnaire. This offers the possibility to obtain detailed feedback and insights into the daily routine of the study participant.

Seminars at movisens

Thanks to our recent relocation we now have the space to grow our team, and also to offer training here at our own premises! Our new office space allows us to offer seminars in the field of ambulatory assessment/mobile monitoring to researchers and research groups. This allows research teams to undertake basic training in the best methods for gathering physiological and/or experience sampling data and provides a great opportunity to clarify all the important issues they may face in their upcoming study. The training includes both a theoretical and practical component.

If you or your research group would like to attend a training seminar, please contact us at info@movisens.com. We will announce upcoming dates for seminars here on our news page, and via our newsletter which you can subscribe to below. On average we send only one newsletter per month, so it shouldn't hurt your inbox too much!