Software Release: Introducing iMotions 9.0

Next-Generation Human Behavior Research Software

All New AOI Editor

Making your eye tracking analyses more accurate, flexible, and quicker

iMotions 9.0 includes a completely revamped Areas of Interest (AOI) Editor to give you better tools to define and analyze the eye tracking metrics related to the specific objects you’re most interested in for the data you’ve collected.

Additional Features in iMotions 9.0

In addition to a completely redesigned AOI Editor, the newest generation of iMotions software also features Online Data Collection, improved signal processing with R, Sensor Data Export improvements, Bluetooth Low Energy device integrations, and much more.

Click through the tabs below to learn more about the key features within iMotions 9.0 or click here to download the Summer 2021 Software Update Brochure.

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Quick, cost-effective research – globally

This new module allows you to upload a study to the web and distribute it to your participants via a link. They can join your study from their computer at home, and facial expression plus eye tracking data is collected through a webcam.

iMotions software ecosystem

Anticipating and adapting to your changing research needs

From desktop solutions to mobile research and online data collection, the ecosystem of iMotions in 2021 features a network of intersecting components, each designed in different ways to provide a solution to the human behavior research challenges of today. What does that look like for you?

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iMotions 9.0 Release Notes

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Get ready for the newest generation of iMotions software. The help center article describes all the new features and improvements that you can look forward to in this newest iteration of our Biometric Research Platform.

Find the full release notes and download link here (login required).

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  • During Online Data Collection, it is now possible to track the presence of the respondents’ face throughout a study. The operator will get instant feedback once a respondent session is over
  • You can now start a Tobii Glasses 3 recording directly from iMotions and download data from the recording unit over WiFi
  • We are expanding our EEG Power Spectral Density R Notebook. It now allows you to use all available electrode locations to compute selected powerbands. You are also able to choose electrode clusters for average PSD. You are now also able to flexibly combine the electrode locations and power bands to compute EEG power spectral values. And you can now compute Frontal Asymmetry for all commonly used frequency bands, not just the Alpha band
  • In the summary exports, annotation instances will now start with leading zeroes so that they will always be shown in the right order when sorting them in Excel or other software
  • Annotations that you set in the Replay or Aggregate editor will now also show up in the Gaze Mapping editor where you will be able to generate Gaze Mapping timelines from them



  • iMotions will from now on only show summary export options that are relevant for the sensors that you used in the current study
  • We fixed an issue that could lead to a crash if Gaze Mappings were created for studies in which not all respondents saw all video stimuli
  • We resolved some issues occurring when using Gaze Mapping for Webcam eye tracking data
  • It is no longer possible to attempt creating a new Scene from a Video Scene since this is actually not supported

Full release notes and download here (login required)

Important note for existing iMotions (8 and older) users

Important note: if you have iMotions installed (version 8 and older) then the following applies to you.

  • iMotions 9.0 is a parallel installation to any other older iMotions version. This means that you should NOT uninstall iMotions 8.
  • When iMotions 9.0 is opened for the first time, the Study Library will be empty. But studies recorded in iMotions 8.0 or newer will be compatible with iMotions 9. That means you can save a study from iMotions 8, close iMotions 8, and open iMotions 9, then load the study or studies into iMotions 9 to continue working on them.
  • You cannot load a study recorded in iMotions 9 into an older version of iMotions.
  • You should be aware that if you load your library from iMotions 8 into iMotions 9, then your data will be stored in two locations and use up twice the amount of space.
  • iMotions license is shared across versions and will automatically be shared.

iMotions 8.2 Release Notes

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Feature Additions

  • We updated the Biopac SDK from v. (32Bit) to SDK v.2.2.3 (64Bit)
  • Now, you are able to easily choose which data you want to post import from your Tobii Glasses in case you post import data recorded outside iMotions
  • We cleaned up the User Interface in which you can customize your Sensor Data export, and added more options to configure markers
  • You now have the option to show the name of the exported AOI in the Sensor Data export as well as combining them into one column, instead of displaying them as Booleans. This makes it easier to create Pivot tables from the Sensor Data export

Current customers can click here to see the full release notes (login required).

iMotions 8.1 Release Notes

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Feature Additions

  • We’ve given the sensor data preview a facelift, so the UI is now consistent with the replay editor. We’ve also added some new functionality, including the ability to reorder stimuli during a test.
  • During the summer, we worked to extend and improve our signal processing toolbox of R notebooks. You can now aggregate threshold signals from the Realeyes Facial Coding Algorithm and export summary statistics. We also added the ability to epoch your Galvanic Skin Response signals, which allow you to export the temporary mean, median, max, min, and standard deviation of the GSR signal for every chosen time bin size. For Electroencephalography, we added Welch’s method to the R notebook for Power Spectral Density analysis. Welch’s method is also a new option in the Frontal Alpha Asymmetry R notebook.

Bug Corrections


  • We fixed a bug that appered when creating a WebScene for URLs that were not visited by all repondents
  • It is now possible to scroll through the list of Annotations, in case the list is longer than the window size
  • We fixed an issue that led to the signal processing algorithms recalculating every time you opened the replay editor
  • We fixed a problem appearing on screens with a low resolution, which led to some export options being occluded by other elements of the user interface
  • Using spaces in the study name no longer causes problems with the web stimuli using Chrome


  • It is now possible to execute the signal processing algorithms for Power Spectral Density and Frontal Alpha Asymmetry for EEG data sampled with Brain Products actiCHamp at 1000 Hz.

Current customers can click here to see the full release notes (login required).

8.1.0: Expand for full release notes

We’ve been working hard on some big improvements in this release, bringing some great new features and new UI elements to our software.

The BIG updates:

  • New button style and a new interaction color. Tldr: if it’s blue, you can click on it!
  • All new Replay and Aggregate window with a new UI packed with more customizable views, new functionalities, and more intuitive video playback controls. It’s the first step towards our new UI, and we’re proud to share it!
  • Complete overhaul of the Sensor Data Export – now you can easily choose the specific combination of signals, stimuli, and respondents as you want, without having to export everything and the kitchen sink! Oh, did we mention the new UI?
  • Did someone say new R notebooks? HRV. ECG/PPG. Multiple Shimmer support. Just to name a few. And they all run even faster now.

Some more updates:

  • It is now possible to rename an existing moving AOI or GazeMapping stimulus.
  • You can now customize the labelling of your ActiCHamp electrodes.
  • Also, in the Sensor Data export, you now find descriptions of more signals together with more detailed metadata. We also categorized all signals, which makes it easier to find relevant signals in the export and UI.
  • Video export options have received an overhaul as well. Now you can choose the aspect ratio of the video, as well as the file type (mp4 or wmv). And you can easily batch export multiple respondent and stimulus videos – all from the new Replay window.
  • We changed the format of the summary exports so that it requires less filtering in the Pivot tables.
  • Now all exports for a study are saved to a single, unified path under Documents/iMotions/Exports/[Studyname]/Analyses/[Analysis name]

Some bugs we squashed:

  • Moving AOIs are again shown in the SensorData export.
  • We fixed the problem that a deleted Gaze Mapping stimulus could cause the error message that ‘one or more stimuli had not been processed yet.’
  • We fixed some issues with the export of videos in wmv format, and made some general improvements to the video exporter.
  • Fixed a couple of bugs where the export of Sensor Data failed under different circumstances.
  • The sensor widgets are now a fixed size, and become scrollable when there are more than fit on the screen.

Current customers can click here to see the full release notes (login required).

iMotions 8.0 Release Notes

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  • Data collection engine improvements: more robust and powerful when executing multimodal biosensor research. Timing of synchronized datastreams has been improved even further.
  • Addition of Varjo VR as eye tracker: the display resolution of the Varjo headset operates at the level that the human eye can see, creating incredible visual fidelity that allows users to fully immerse and interact realistically within their environment. The eye tracking is carried out using a unique infrared illumination approach, and combined with computer vision algorithms, provides eye tracking accuracy of less than one degree of visual angle.
  • R notebook integration: new analysis methods, such as frontal asymmetry and power spectral density calculations for EEG data, and automatic peak detection for GSR, are now available within iMotions as standard.
  • Addition of key frames for gaze mapping: a unique, semi-automated solution to difficulties posed by technically demanding gaze mapping scenarios. The relative position of the area of interest can be defined – or distracting areas excluded from the analysis – using an intuitive and user-friendly tool. The algorithm will then learn from the defined scenes, and process the gaze mapping to obtain complete data accuracy
  • A new integration with the Tobii Nano: an accessible, laptop-only eye tracker ideally suited to small screens. Provides a high-level of accuracy at 60 Hz
  • Integration with the Emotiv Cortex SDK: this SDK gives access to the raw EEG data, accelerometer data, and the collection of Emotiv metrics, such as Stress, Relaxation, Engagement, Focus and more
  • EyeTech updates: calibration improvements, initial settings files for VT3 Mini and VT3 XL updated, live EyeTech camera updates, improved EyeTech 200 Hz support, hint added to locate EyeTech SDK path, able to make use of distance parameter (in study setup) for EyeTech trackers
  • Updated integration with the Smart Eye Aurora SDK: allow two computer setup for Aurora eye tracker, added verification to gaze calibration workflow, left and right gaze position is supported, auto start/stop Aurora application
  • Additions to data export information
  • Option to toggle the display of trail and stabilizing filter for gaze point
  • Eye tracking device type will be available in signal processing settings
  • Segment level R Notebooks will be executed by the Process Algorithms dialog
  • Add mouse / keyboard events for Glasses stimulus
  • Improved static AOI editor
  • Option to exclude Face and Environment camera recordings when saving study to file
  • Hide respondent address, city and telephone fields
  • First and Average Fixation Duration along with Mouse Clicks added to static/moving AOI exports
  • Added support for using Shimmer ExG devices in Respiration mode (sensor type set in global settings)
  • Include “marker text” field in detailed event list
  • Graphical improvements to zoom option in Scene Editor

Current customers can read more and download iMotions 8.0 here (login required).

Important note for existing iMotions (7.2 and older) users

Important note: if you have iMotions installed (7.2 and older) then the following applies to you.

iMotions 8.0 is a parallel installation and hence can be used next to any other iMotions version (7.2 and older). However, you cannot migrate any studies from 7.2 or older into 8.0. Hence, if you are currently collecting data we would recommend you to remain with your current iMotions version till the end of your project before switching to 8.0.

A powerful software for powerful research

The iMotions Platform offers simple setup, flexible integrations and easy study management for faster research and improved validation of human responses.

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Synchronize biosensors

  • Full integration and synchronization support for 50+ biosensors such as eye tracking, facial expression analysis, electrodermal activity / galvanic skin response, EEG, EMG, and ECG hardware.
  • API and LSL for additional sensor integration.
  • Built-in-survey tool to lessen bias and triangulate respondents’ stated answers with nonconscious responses from biosignals

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