Lab members at Roee Amit lab at Technion found a clever way to bridge the gap between the lab bench and the computer desk.
Some time ago I wrote a blog post about how LabSuit is used on a mobile device, and how its mobile camera can facilitate your lab requests management.
Some time ago on a casual visit to one of Technion labs, our team member found something interesting.
Researcher work is split between the lab bench and computer desk
Research is conducted in many different environments. Usually, we see researchers wearing white lab suit and protective goggles. After the experiment is conducted, the analysis phase steps in, which requires a computer desk to work at. Activities, such as scientific conferences, also can be very fruitful and important. Nevertheless, most of the work is split between the bench and a computer desk. Unfortunately, the switch from the bench to the computer and vice versa isn't that quick because of protective gloves the researcher wears and distance in-between.
Much of the work is done on the bench
The examples list is endless: Whether you are distilling titanium chloride (what a joy:)) in the hood or just enjoying your daily endless column, you cannot really go far much from the hood. Distillation of DMF can take hours when you have to be stuck to your lovely hood. I used to work on corrole synthesis, these materials are colorful but the column purification takes all day when you have to be stuck to your hood chair and cannot remove your eyes from the colorful column. Yellow, orange, red, brown, green and finally the long anticipate purple color! This rainbow can drive crazy even the calmest blinded colored chemist in the world!
The work that done on the desk is mostly concerned with analyzing the data collected from the wet part of the research.
Bridging the gap between the lab bench and the computer
Lab members at Roee Amit lab at Technion found a clever way to connect these worlds: they physically attached tablet computer to the wall, next to one of the hoods. The software that runs on the tablet is essential for the lab operations. Lab members can instantly find the exact chemical location inside the lab using "Inventory" module. They can notify the lab manager about new order request without having to leave the bench. This is possible due to "Request Management" module.