If the 20th century was about improving technology, the 21st century has focused on improving access to technology. Building connections and communication between people and technology has become a vital mission in many industries. Gone are the days when these connections existed simply through our computers or phones. We now have smart watches, smart cars, smart, er, cookie ovens. Given that science often leads our society in technology and innovation, it’s no surprise that this “Internet of Things” (IoT) movement is coming to the lab. IoT technology has the potential to improve how labs function, how researchers work together, and, most importantly, improve data and results. But it’s not uncommon to see analogue routines and equipment populating otherwise cutting-edge labs (yes, I mean that 25-year old sample freezer that has to be wedged shut with a chair). What will IoT products look like in the lab, and will researchers embrace connection with conviction?
Powering Up the Pipette
Whilst sharing data from large hunks of equipment with beefy processors is pretty commonplace in the modern lab, some biotech companies are setting their sights on a piece of equipment not normally associated with digital technology: the humble pipette.