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Table 4 Overview multisensor activity monitors used in validation papers

From: Validity of activity monitors in health and chronic disease: a systematic review

Name Manufacturer Field(F)/Lab(L) + reference Size (l x w x h) and (weight) Placement Cost Epoch length Data storage Outcomes (measured) Outcomes (calculated)
PAMS (Physical Activity Monitoring System) ICSensors 3031–010, Druck, The Netherlands L [118] 5,0 x 3,0 x 0,8 cm (Tracmor, 16 g) + 4 tilt sensors (total weight = 1,3 kg) lower back (Tracmor) + lateral aspect of the trunk and to the lateral aspect of the mid-thigh (sensors) NA NA NA voltage units body position (lying, sitting, standing)
Actireg Premed AS, Oslo, Norway F [119, 120] + L [46] 8.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm (60 g) waist (storage unit) + chest and right thigh (sensors) €440 (device) + €380 (software) 1 s to 1 min 30 days body position and movement Activity intensity level, EE
Vitaport (+ 4 uniaxial accelerometers (ADXL202)) University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany (Vitaport)/Analog devices, Breda, The Netherlands (Uniaxial accelerometers) L [121] 1.5 x 1.5 x 1 cm (uniaxial accelerometer, 8 g)/6 x 11 x 3 cm (Vitaport, data recorder, 500 g) 4 sensors: 2 on skin of the ventral side of each thigh, 2 on the skin of the sternum,) € 15.000 1 s to 1 min 3 days acceleration units motility legs, motility trunk, motility body
Sensewear Pro Armband (formerly Healthwear Armband) Bodymedia, Pittsburgh, PA, USA F [50, 122126] + L [32, 46, 100, 125138] 8.8 x 5.6 x 2.1 cm (82 g) Upper right arm at triceps (midhumerus point) €800 (device) + €1597 (software) 1 min 14 days Steps, activity intensity level EE
SenseWear Mini Armband Bodymedia, Pittsburgh, PA, USA F [124] NA Upper left arm at triceps (midhumerus point) €722 (device) + €1597 (software) 1 s to 1 min 28 days Steps, activity intensity level EE
Actiheart Mini Mitter Sunriver, OR, USA L [29, 108, 139] 0.5 x 1.1 x 2.2 cm (clip) + 10 cm (wire) (10 g) 3th intercostals space (clip) + 2 ECG electrodes (chest) €1330 15 s to 1 min 11 days
(1 min epochs)
Acceleration HR, HR variability, ECG amplitude EE
Ikcal Teltronic AG, Biberist, Switzerland L [46] NA Chest (elastic belt around the sternum) NA NA NA Acceleration, HR EE
Multi-sensor board Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, USA L [111] 25 g Hip NA 1 s to 1 min NA Steps, activity intensity level, different body positions EE
IDEEA (Intelligent Device for Energy Expenditure and Activity) MiniSun, LLC, Fresno, CA, USA F [140] + L [141] 7 x 5.4 x 1.7 cm (59 g) (recorder) + 1.8 x 1.5 x 0.3 cm (2 g) (sensor) Waist (processing unit) + sole of both feet, both thighs and chest (sensors) NA 1 s to 1 min 7 days Activity code, speed, distance, power output EE
  1. Field study (F), lab study ( L) or field + lab study ( F + L). AC; activity counts, EE; energy expenditure, NA; not available.