Are you AI Digital Lab Assistant Curious?

June 20, 2024

Blog Are you AI Digital Lab Assistant Curious

As a scientist working in the lab, have you ever thought that it would sure be nice if you had an assistant that transcribed your documentation for you? Someone who was ready and willing to assist you at your spoken command? That set your timer and prompted you for required data? Perhaps you are in the biohazard hood preparing samples and having to document after the prep, hoping that you remembered any sample anomalies or adjustments made. Or maybe the lab data generated is stored in different places by each scientist, slowing down the ability to analyze information in real time.

This is where a hands-free, mobile and voice-powered AI digital lab assistant can be leveraged. There are a few options available—this blog will focus on LabTwin.

Streamline Documentation and Improve the Quality of Data Captured

Hands-free documentation for performing an experiment or maintenance of lab equipment, among other uses, not only increases the efficiency of lab personnel but also improves the captured data quality. By streamlining the mundane task of documentation while simultaneously minimizing errors, an AI digital lab assistant such as LabTwin augments the scientists, allowing them more time to think creatively. Protocols can be read to the bench scientists step by step, prompting users for information to complete the step.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s data integrity principles state that data must be Attributable, Legible, Contemporaneous, Original, Accurate, Complete, Consistent, Enduring, and Available (ALCOA+). The LabTwin AI digital lab assistant adheres to those principles. LabTwin increases the reproducibility of experiments because notes, values, and conditions (such as the temperature or humidity of the room or an incubator) are recorded at the time of task. The mobile app can use the device’s camera to scan a barcode or QR code for accuracy; photos can also be taken and attached to steps. LabTwin even comes with an audit trail that captures creation, updates, and deletions of information, thereby improving compliance and quality.

Reducing the delay in documentation allows for faster and more efficient collaboration among scientists. Using an AI digital lab assistant such as LabTwin gets the collected data into the hands of decision makers sooner, promoting the iterative process of protocol evolution based on accurate and timely results.

White Paper: Integrate Voice into your Lab Informatics Strategy

Integration with ELN and More

Inherent in the LabTwin AI digital lab assistant solution is bridging the gap between using paper and an ELN or LIMS, which facilitates digitalization. This is especially useful for labs that currently do not have an electronic data management system to capture experimental information and results all in one place. A product such as LabTwin is a low-cost, easy-to-use entry point into the world of digitalization, ensuring the accurate capture of information and efficient retrieval of that information. For companies with an ELN or LIMS in place, LabTwin’s external (open) API can be integrated with common software and the LabTwin developers are willing to build any integration needed, in conjunction with the customer.

Whether used as a standalone product or integrated to push information to the appropriate system (e.g., ELN, LIMS, LES) for storage and further analysis, streamlined documentation via LabTwin is a beneficial tool for scientists. An AI digital lab assistant such as LabTwin can also connect to instruments, such as balances, allowing the scientist to capture the weight of an item effortlessly and accurately. LabTwin’s API ensures that the data captured is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) and integrates that data seamlessly with systems and instruments.

White Paper: Why ELNs Need a Helping Hand by LabTwin

It’s All About the Turnaround Time!

Challenges to achieving efficient turnaround times in labs have historically involved delayed documentation and data input or data which is not FAIR. This stifles collaboration and decision-making regarding the next steps. To increase the speed and efficacy of research and development work, the experimental information, data, and metadata need to be available quickly. This allows for faster collaborations and smarter decisions to be made for the next experimental protocol iteration.

In today’s digital age, streamlined documentation using an AI digital lab assistant is not at odds with quality. An AI digital lab assistant is an empowering tool that hits the mark for the adage “work smarter, not harder.” Let the LabTwin AI digital lab assistant perform tedious, mundane tasks such as documentation of notes, values, and conditions while you focus on creating the next breakthrough experiment!


Where could the LabTwin AI digital lab assistant create efficiencies in your lab? Let’s talk about it.