Based on current trends, one can predict that the lab of the future will likely witness steadily increased application of lab automation. This can range from the “trivial” day-to-day research activities to more advanced features such as automation of the entire experimental workflows and even subsequent data analyses. This is an area where smart and integrated technologies will help improve the efficiency in automation and digitization in the lab of the future.
Voice-powered digital assistants can “talk” to lab equipment and serve as a means of communication between scientists and their lab technology. This would provide scientists the ability to control lab equipment, and set up and run experiments using voice commands, either from the laboratory or even from remote locations. A well-integrated smart digital assistant such as the one from LabTwin will at some point in the near future enable recording experimental details by extracting this information from lab machines. Additionally, this information will also be fed to it through voice commands. Most importantly, voice-powered devices are on the path to facilitating data management by recording experimental data, retrieving previously recorded data for analyses, and possibly even presenting analysed data.