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

movisensXS App Version 1.5

SensorTrigger functionality fully integrated in movisensXS

We're proud to announce that the sensor trigger for Experience Sampling and Ecological Momentary Assessment studies is now out of Beta. Now you can implement innovative research ideas by coupling one of our class leading activity sensors with movisensXS - our intuitive and comprehensive experience sampling platform - to capture truly insightful data.



Our research grade sensors analyze physiological parameters in real time and transmit the results via Bluetooth Smart. This allows individually configurable algorithms to trigger forms in movisensXS based on changes in physiology that the researcher wants to examine. By implementing one of our existing algorithms, the detection of physiological changes, such as high activity levels, sedentary behaviour, heart rate variability (RMSSD), and heart rate thresholds (among many others), can act as a trigger within your EMA/ESM study.

You have the freedom to select different algorithms for each individual participant, and also further customize the existing algorithms within groups. There's a range of existing algorithms developed for specific research projects that provide a small sampling of what is possible with this innovative technology.



If you have an existing algorithm that you would like to utilize, or an idea for a physiological marker that you would like to have as a trigger, we can work with you to implement this idea and develop your study.

Since the Beta we have added the possibility to skip the coupling of sensors when starting a study, allowing you to couple or re-couple sensors later.

If you want to use the movisens Sensor trigger feature please drop us a line under support@movisens.com and tell us the Email address of your movisensXS account so we can grant you access to the feature. The full documentation describing the features can be found in our docs website.

Improved wizard for sending debug information

In case a study does not run correctly on a particular smartphone you can send us debug information from the Settings Screen. It is now required to type some description of the problem. This helps us to spot possible problems and continue to improve the user experience for everyone.



More Improvements

  • Added Android 9 compatibility
  • Fixed bug with Android Oreo or higher where notification sound can't be defined after startup anymore
  • Added new dnd mode detection and prevention
  • Changed behaviour in case of unexpected app restarts, which occasionally caused studies not to function in some rare cases
  • Replaced Google Cloud Messaging with Firebase Cloud Messaging
  • Fixed problems with DnD mode permission not being available in devices
  • Fixed notification sound and channels with all different android versions
  • Fixed bug in mutable values if they start with a whitespace
  • Added possibility to disable the feedback for the cognitive Tests PVT and SART
  • Fixed smaller bugs

Improvements of beta features (available on request)

  • Changed Sampling Block "Log device running" to log every minute
  • Added new "One Of" block to select randomized actions like forms
  • Added possibility to analyze the results on an external server and trigger actions based on the analysis
  • Added "Multi Geofence Trigger" which allows the specification of multiple geofences in a csv file
  • Added "Log Static Locations" block and "Label Static Locations" item to record and label static locations of a participant during a study
  • Added new "Play Sound Repeatedly" item

The next app release

Warning: The next release will drop the support for Android versions below Android 4.4. We have to do this step to increase the security of the encrypted data transfer as recommended by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Please make sure that you finish your study on Phones with Android lower than 4.4 in the next month and upload all data from these devices before 01.04.2020 otherwise you are not able to upload the data any more. As always, let us know if you have any questions. Please spread the word and tell your colleagues about our great new features.

New SensorManager Update Available

The newest movisens SensorManager included a whole string of new features.

  • Multi-Part-Measurement: If the battery level of the sensor is getting lower than 10%, the measurement will be paused. The LED stops flashing. You can connect the sensor to a USB charger and recharge the battery. If you disconnect the sensor from charger after battery level is higher than 30%, the measurement will be restarted.
  • No measurement stop:  If you reconnect the sensor after starting a measurement again with a PC, the measurement won’t be stopped.
  • Checking battery level: If the battery level of the sensor is less the 10 % when clicking on the „Start Recording“ button, the following message appears.
  • Proband configuration: The personal information of the proband can be entered before beginning the measurement. 

  • Read more about the SensorManager...

    SensorManager Update

    The newest movisens SensorManager provides all the resources for you to optimize your movisens sensor. In addition to the standard functionality, we've included the ability to update your sensors to their latest firmware version, an essential upgrade for those who'd like to take advantage of the sensor triggering capability of movisensXS.

    Society for Behavioral Medicine

    movisens once again jets off to the USA, this time for the Society for Behavioral Medicine conference in Washington DC, from the 6th til the 9th of March. Once again we're delighted to show all the delegates our innovative research solutions, and look forward to hearing more about their research goals for the coming year. Please feel free to stop by and share your goals with us, and see how we can help fulfill them.

    Ambulatory Assessment

    Over the next few months we're going to be running a few long form articles on the news blog along with our regular news updates and product launches. For the first series of articles, we're going to talk a little bit about the origins of Ambulatory Assessment, it's development with technological advances, and some of the exciting future research possibilities that it allows. We hope you enjoy!

    Ambulatory Assessment

    A short summary of the current methodologies

    Studying people in their natural habitat is no longer exclusively the domain of anthropologists in the wild. The jungle and the savannah no longer resemble the day to day experiences of modern urban dwelling homo-sapiens. However the legacy of our past is still locked within our psyche, and unravelling our psychological nature involves researchers utilizing new methods to delve deeper in to our minds and bodies.

    The overarching ‘umbrella’ for all of the following research methods is Ambulatory Assessment. Whether you’re performing an Ecological Momentary Assessment or Experience Sampling study, they fall within the scope of Ambulatory Assessment.

    The core idea of Ambulatory Assessment is to track parameters outside of the laboratory or clinic. Using electronic diaries and/or physiological sensors, researchers can cast aside the inaccuracy of patient reporting and gain valid real time or near real time data. Data not contaminated by the fallibility of participant recollection or miss reporting, and this allowed researchers a purer glimpse of the “… rich information about the daily lives of individuals who may be studied or treated by clinical scientists and mental health professionals.” (Trull & Ebner-Priemer, 2013)

    The best and most concise definition of Ambulatory Assessment comes from the Society for Ambulatory Assessment website:

    “Ambulatory Assessment comprises the use of field methods to assess the ongoing behavior, physiology, experience and environmental aspects of people in naturalistic or unconstrained settings. Ambulatory Assessment uses ecologically-valid tools to understand biopsychosocial processes as they unfold naturally in time and in context.”

    Whilst Experience Sampling and Ecological Momentary Assessment and Daily Diary Studies are components of Ambulatory Assessment, this term often conjures Physiological Monitoring to mind. Research papers that cite Ambulatory Assessment in their keywords often utilize accelerometers, ECG, and other physiological parameters as the core data in their study.

    So that brings us on to Ecological Momentary Assessment and Experience Sampling, two of the key components of Ambulatory Assessment, and just like Ambulatory Assessment, Ecological Momentary Assessment doesn’t really sound that catchy. Now, there’s a subtle difference between EMA and Experience Sampling. First I’ll pass it over to Reed Larson and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi to recite the abstract from their 1983 article that defined the Experience Sampling Method:

    “…the Experience Sampling Method (ESM), a research procedure that consists of asking individuals to provide systematic self-reports at random occasions during the waking hours of a normal week....The ESM obtains information about the private as well as the public aspects of individuals' lives, secures data about behavioral and intrapsychic aspects of daily activity, and obtains reports about people's experiences as they occur, thereby minimizing the effects of reliance on memory and reconstruction.”

    Whilst gathering information from people during their daily lives is the primary role of Experience Sampling, the term has become used to describe gathering subjective data over time even within the laboratory or clinical setting. Now, let’s get back to Ecological Momentary Assessment. To perform great craftsmanship, a tradesman requires good tools, and for the researcher Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) is an incredibly powerful longitudinal study tool for harnessing subjective data in day to day life. The subtle difference between EMA and ESM (experience sampling methodology) lies in the origins of the two methods. EMA emerged out of the field of behavioral medicine, and as a result often includes physiological parameters or health related questions, and is primarily performed in a person’s day to day normal environment.

    In the next part of this series, we’ll delve in to the advantages and drawbacks of Ambulatory Assessment, and discuss the impact of developing technology.

    Wearables in Practice

    On the 12th of December 2018, movisens joins other exhibitors at the fifth edition of Wearables in Practice (WIP) in Amsterdam. Topics such as non-invasive methods for long-term monitoring of the autonomic nervous system or heartbeat feedback constitute part of this symposium.

    We await interesting lectures by Hans Bussmann and Mark Hoogendoorn and would welcome any participants who would like to visit our stand and learn more about new measuring methods.