I like that I can manage my own work and be independent. I enjoy planning experiments and am happiest when my work requires creativity.
I’m not a really technical person but I’m open to new ideas and I like to test innovative things. I knew that my way of documenting was circuitous (too many media - paper, digital charts, digital and printed protocols, pictures, post-it's everywhere). I have always tried to be very precise with my documentation but it was very fragmented and difficult to collate together. My hope was to find a better way with LabTwin.
LabTwin is easy to use and self-explanatory. The app and the website are clearly arranged and give me a good overview about my daily work. I like being able to work in the lab with my smartphone and in the office with my computer.
I have tested this by using LabTwin alongside my old way of documentation. When I compare both methods, I can see a lot of advantages in the new technique. LabTwin saves time and is easy to handle. I can use it in the lab during my work. I can make more precise voice notes than I can by hand. With LabTwin I can immediately record my own thoughts and experiences about an experiment. That's important because after a busy day I may forget to write down little but important things which could help to reproduce my results.
I think LabTwin will help me to reproduce and improve experiments even after a long time because I have more detailed descriptions. Also LabTwin helps me to manage my daily work and reminds me to order consumables and reagents. It combines everything (e.g.meetings, results, to-do lists) and makes my working life easier. LabTwin also lets me share all my data with colleagues. Moreover, I can save a lot of time by searching for keywords in the digital files.
The trend away from the print media to the electronic/digital media is happening everywhere. In my opinion, the industry will now focus more on better accessories for products like LabTwin, such as more comfortable headsets, “digital” glasses, software etc.
My personal hope is that the industry can produce intelligent “LabTwins” in the near future. For example, I’d like a “twin” that can show me results/expectations/ pictures/protocols etc. as I work to help me to improve my experiment.