Over the past several years, we’ve worked hand in hand with researchers hoping to push the boundaries of wearables. In that time, a theme has emerged around messaging, especially near-real time messaging tied to data.
We’ve supported studies that have relied on traditional channels, including text messaging. We’ve also helped researchers make a leap to messaging directly on a smartwatch. Now, we want to help you make that same leap with a product we’re rolling out over the next year: Fitabase: Engage.
This new addition to our platform will work alongside our core capabilities to pull data from Fitbit devices — the Versa family to start — and send questions, messages and reminders based on that data and/or times specified by your research team.
We’re starting with a handful of prompt types: likert scales, yes/no questions, simple messages, steppers, and a 1-10 pain scale.
Below is a quick preview of what you might see when you’re building out your messages. You can also find a video walk-through of Engage at our virtual booth:
When we started building Engage, we did it with the help of researchers looking to experiment with new modes of communication both to and from participants. Others graciously offered their time to test things and give feedback. We expect to follow this same game plan as we release and iterate on this new platform. We would also love to hear your ideas for other avenues by which you want to communicate with your participants, such as text messaging, and devices you might want to see us integrate with as we roll Engage out to the greater research community.
We can’t wait to explore how Engage might work for your study. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your research and how we can work together to make it happen.