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Smartphone sensor accuracy varies from device to device in mobile research : the case of spatial orientation

Smartphone sensor accuracy varies from device to device in mobile research : the case of spatial orientation

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KUHLMANN, Tim, Pablo GARAIZAR, Ulf-Dietrich REIPS, 2020. Smartphone sensor accuracy varies from device to device in mobile research : the case of spatial orientation. In: Behavior research methods. ISSN 1554-351X. eISSN 1554-3528. Available under: doi: 10.3758/s13428-020-01404-5

@article{Kuhlmann2020-05-29Smart-49783, title={Smartphone sensor accuracy varies from device to device in mobile research : the case of spatial orientation}, year={2020}, doi={10.3758/s13428-020-01404-5}, issn={1554-351X}, journal={Behavior research methods}, author={Kuhlmann, Tim and Garaizar, Pablo and Reips, Ulf-Dietrich} }

Reips, Ulf-Dietrich Kuhlmann, Tim Reips, Ulf-Dietrich Garaizar, Pablo eng Garaizar, Pablo 2020-06-03T08:50:25Z Kuhlmann, Tim Smartphone usage is increasing around the globe-in daily life and as a research device in behavioral science. Smartphones offer the possibility to gather longitudinal data at little cost to researchers and participants. They provide the option to verify self-report data with data from sensors built into most smartphones. How accurate this sensor data is when gathered via different smartphone devices, e.g., in a typical experience sampling framework, has not been investigated systematically. With the present study, we investigated the accuracy of orientation data about the spatial position of smartphones via a newly invented measurement device, the RollPitcher. Objective status of pitch (vertical orientation) and roll (horizontal orientation) of the smartphone was compared to data gathered from the sensors via web browsers and native apps. Bayesian ANOVAs confirmed that the deviations in pitch and roll differed between smartphone models, with mean inaccuracies per device of up to 2.1° and 6.6°, respectively. The inaccuracies for measurements of roll were higher than for pitch, d = .28, p < .001. Our results confirm the presence of heterogeneities when gathering orientation data from different smartphone devices. In most cases, measurement via a web browser was identical to measurement via a native app, but this was not true for all smartphone devices. As a solution to lack of sensor accuracy, we recommend the development and implementation of a coherent research framework and also discuss the implications of the heterogeneities in orientation data for different research designs. Smartphone sensor accuracy varies from device to device in mobile research : the case of spatial orientation 2020-06-03T08:50:25Z 2020-05-29

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