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User Guide

Sensor Data

When creating a project, you have the option of selecting which pieces of passive sensor data you would like to collect via the MyDataHelps app.

Enabling Sensor Data Collection

To enable sensor data collection for your project:

  1. Go to the “Projects” screen and select the “Sensor Data” tab.
  2. Select a sensor data collection service (e.g. Apple Health, Google Fit, etc.).
  3. Select one or more data types to collect.
  4. Click Save Sensor Data Settings to save your changes. You can also click Revert Changes to undo your changes.

The tabs on the left will tell you how many data types for each service are being collected. You can collect data from multiple services in the same project.

Sensor Collection Limitations

When the participant enrolls in a project, they will be prompted to enable sharing of the data types you have enabled. The app will prompt the participant again if you enable different permissions.

If the user has elected to share sensor data, MyDataHelps will collect data passively–even when the participant is not using the app.

See the specific sensor data service sections below for more information about how MyDataHelps collects sensor data.

Apple Heath

On iOS devices, MyDataHelps can collect data from Apple Health. Apple Health supports a number of different data types: activity, vital signs, sleep analysis, body measurements, and clinical records, nutrition and more.

When the participant enrolls in the project, the phone will ask them which sensor data they want to share. They can elect to share some, all, or none of the requested data.

For more information, see Apple’s developer documentation.

Apple Location Tracking

On iOS devices, MyDataHelps can track the participant’s location using Apple’s visits location service. This service operates in a power-efficient manner, with little to no impact on battery life.

When the participant enrolls in the project, the phone will ask them whether they want to allow MyDataHelps to collect location data.

Google Fit

On Android devices, MyDataHelps can retrieve health information from Google Fit, including heart rate, weight, and steps. The participant does not need to have the Google Fit app installed for MyDataHelps to collect data from Google Fit.

When the participant enrolls in the project, the phone will ask them which sensor data they want to share. They can elect to share some, all, or none of the requested data. The user will also be prompted to select which account they wish to use.

If the user has elected to share sensor data, MyDataHelps can collect data passively–even when the participant is not using the app.

Apple Movement Disorder Monitoring

For participants with the Apple Watch, MyDataHelps can use Apple’s Movement Disorder Monitoring to track tremors and dyskinesia sensor data at 1-minute intervals.