Validation of Wearable Technology Physical Activity Monitors

This project aims to validate and test several off the shelf and research grade physical activity monitors in an adolescent cohort. The project will explore the perceived usability and acceptability of the smartphone applications associated with the various wrist worn monitors, and will identify an optimised solution based on the needs of the adolescent user groups. The study will involve both analysis of the monitors in everyday life data acquisition, and lab-based experiments which will capture and model typical movement patterns associated with physical activity. The area of fitness technology is growing exponentially every year. With such capacity for growth, it is important to determine whether or not these devices actually add value to the lives of their users. The need for physical activity, particularly in adolescents, will always exist; and therefore it is paramount that we are able to accurately quantify the degree to which they engage in that activity.

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