Jonas is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Cell Biology at Aix-Marseille University in France. He is also Co-President of the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) association of Marseille. We sat down with Jonas to learn about how LabTwin’s voice-powered digital lab assistant helps with his current projects.
Why did you decide to start using LabTwin’s digital lab assistant?
Each year, new people, without much lab work experience, join the team and we need to train them while still focusing on experiments and getting results. LabTwin is a way to make this task easier by providing our team with a tool that allows them to take notes and get organized. And as a part of the iGEM competition, we also aim to reduce our use of paper and LabTwin is a great alternative.
How were you managing lab documentation before LabTwin?
It was hard because each member had his or her own documents, so if we needed a particular protocol, we had to ask everyone to find out who had it. It was a time-consuming task.
Was LabTwin’s voice-activated digital lab assistant easy to set up? Is it easy to use?
Young scientists were raised along with the booming of new technologies so it is easy for us to adopt new tools. Even though LabTwin is very intuitive, a Customer Success agent onboarded us and made the whole process very smooth and optimal.
What do you like most about LabTwin?
It’s easy to use, and the LabTwin team is here to help on any occasion. The Glossary is extremely helpful and the fact that voice notes are transcribed by the app is a real BONUS POINT!
What features would you like us to add to LabTwin?
We are a French student team and even though it’s beneficial for us to practice English with LabTwin, a French version would be easier and much more intuitive for us. (Note from the author: LabTwin is currently analyzing the possibility of including additional languages).
What benefits has LabTwin’s voice-powered digital lab assistant provided for your research?
It gives us better organization anchor points by helping us focus on experiments while being able to take hands-free notes in real time. Also, the fact that it is accessible for the whole team is a real benefit because everyone can take a look at each other’s work.
What kind of work would you say this digital lab assistant is suited for?
I think that you get the full pros of this app when you spend time preparing and updating your protocol which makes lab work in general easier.
What are your thoughts on LabTwin's impact on research efficiency and reproducibility?
The mutualization of data in the team has an important impact on the efficiency of our work. Now when we have to do shared experimental tasks, being able to access up-to-date, accurate protocols makes reproducibility a piece of cake.
In your opinion, how will a voice-powered digital lab assistant like LabTwin contribute to the Lab of the Future?
As part of a young generation of scientists raised in a connected world, it seems impossible that voice-powered digital lab assistants and connected items would not have a major role to play in the future.