Apple has released a new version of ResearchKit that includes new active tasks, steps and other enhancements from both the Apple team as well as the community.
A new video instruction step now makes it even easier for developers to display rich video content to users within their apps from either a local or remote source. Also updated is the Tone Audiometry active task to include both a left and right button. In addition, the update will let participants not only indicate when they hear the tone but they can now also specify which ear they hear it in.
Mentioned new active tasks include: Stroop, Trail Making and Range of Motion. The first of the three measures selective attention by asking participants to focus their attention on one stimulus and ignore another. The test displays concordant and discordant combinations of text and tint to the user who must ignore the text and instead select the button that reflects the first letter of the tint color.
The Trail Making active task measures visual attention and task switching by asking participants to connect a series of alternating labeled circles by tapping the circles on the screen in the correct sequence.
Finally, Range of Motion lets companies/developers measure both the flexed and extended positions for the shoulder and knee. When participants are ready with their device in the proper position they can simply tap the screen to indicate they are ready to proceed. As users complete the test, data from the accelerometer and gyroscope is recorded…