Advancing life sciences research with the internet of things

IMAGE: The internet of things (IoT) is allowing scientists to optimize laboratory operations and combine instruments to measure and respond to complex experimental conditions. As a result, IoT is enabling more...

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SLAS Technology

A new special issue of SLAS Technology showcases life sciences researchers who are pioneering the use of powerful yet accessible and low-cost IoT technologies in their laboratories. Ten articles illustrate how IoT is being used to optimize factors such as throughput, cost, uptime and result quality.

Articles include descriptions of how to use IoT to monitor, optimize and re-design laboratory systems by tracking laboratory activities; making instruments smarter; and creating purpose-built laboratory instruments.

Following an introduction by guest editor James M. Gill, II, Ph.D. (BFLConsulting, Madison, CT), authors from Germany, India, Switzerland and the United States explore:

The Internet-of-Things is Digitizing and Transforming Science

End to End Sample Tracking in the Laboratory using a Custom Internet-Of-Things Device

Achieving Reproducibility and Closed Loop Automation in Biological Experimentation with an IoT-Enabled Lab of the Future

Engineering Novel Lab Devices Using 3D Printing and Microcontrollers

Designing a Low-Cost, Single-Supply ECG System for Suppression of Movement Artifact from Contaminated Magnetocardiogram

IoT for Real-Time Measurement of High-Throughput Liquid Dispensing in Laboratory Environments

Portable Systems for Metered Dispensing of Aggressive Liquids

Arduino-Based Novel Hardware Design for Liquid Helium Level Measurement

Introducing a Virtual Assistant to the Lab: A Voice User Interface for the Intuitive Control of Laboratory Instruments

MVO Automation Platform: Addressing Unmet Needs in Clinical Laboratories with Microcontrollers, 3D Printing, and Open-Source Hardware/Software

SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)