Actiwatch (Actiwatch) - 01.10.18

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Science Objectives for Everyone
The Actiwatch is a waterproof, nonintrusive, sleep-wake activity monitor worn on the wrist of a crewmember. The device contains a miniature uniaxial accelerometer that produces a signal as the subject moves. The data are stored in nonvolatile memory within the Actiwatch until they are downloaded for analysis.
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Facility Details

OpNom: Actiwatch

Facility Manager(s)
Suzanne McCollum, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States

Facility Representative(s)
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Cambridge Neurotechnology Ltd., Cambridge, MA, United Kingdom

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

ISS Expedition Duration
September 2006 - March 2011

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
The Actiwatch has supported investigations on several space shuttle missions.


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    Facility Description

    Facility Overview

    • The Actiwatch monitor provides data on the amount of ambient light the subject is exposed to and the amount of movement produced by the subject.
    • The data collected from the Actiwatch is used to determine if space travel has an impact on the sleep-wake patterns of crewmembers.
    The Actiwatch is a small, lightweight, wrist-worn device that simultaneously detects body movement and light intensity. It is used to evaluate sleep-wake adaptation and circadian cycle. The device is battery powered and can be used to collect data continuously in intervals ranging from 90 hours to 227 days depending on the sampling rate. The Actiwatch's internal, nonvolatile memory and programming allows it to store data indefinitely until it can be downloaded. Crewmembers will put on the Actiwatch as required by the investigation, download data from the Actiwatch as needed, and change the battery at the end of the increment. The Actiwatch provides computer software for setup and data retrieval via a RS-232 serial port connection to a personal computer (PC). The PC must be IBM compatible and have a 486 processor (minimum); 8-MB RAM (minimum); Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4.0 or higher; a 100-MB hard drive; a 9-pin RS-232 serial port; and Super Video Graphics Array 9 SVGA (800 x 600 pixels required to display all data displays).

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    Facility Operations

    • Crewmembers wear Actiwatches for a period specified by the investigators.
    • The Actiwatch records wrist activity, allowing investigators to estimate the crewmember's activity, and records the amount of light the crewmember is exposed to.

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    Decadal Survey Recommendations

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    Results/More Information

    Results Publications

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    image NASA Image: S109E6062: View of STS-109 Commander Scott Altman activating the Actiwatch while seated at the pilot's station on the orbiter Columbia's forward flight deck.
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