Researchers at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO), Aarhus University, have just started using a combined computer and laboratory bench. This will not only streamline their research, but also kickstart the transition to the paperless laboratory.
The bench is essentially a large touchscreen with combined capabilities allowing researchers to simultaneously work with data and equipment while documenting research. It incorporates recognition of lab equipment such as flasks, a video camera, and RFID tracking of test tubes and materials. Built-in networking allows for real time collaboration on projects with researchers in remote facilities.
While the video is narrated in Danish, the usefulness of this device is easy to realize from the visuals.