Laboratories around the world don’t follow the same exact path of conducting and managing research. While some still rely on paperwork, others invest in digital solutions to automate processes and make a better use of the information they gather. For companies embracing the digital transformation in the lab, mixed reality solutions take what’s best in Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and make those features even more accessible to scientists and researchers.
Holo4Labs is an example of such a solution, connecting Microsoft® HoloLens technology and Thermo Scientific™ SampleManager LIMS™ software. Among its many benefits, the virtual interface improves labs’ productivity, not only in terms of data automation but also improving workflows, processes, and collaboration.
What is Mixed Reality?
Mixed reality solutions like Holo4Labs enable scientists to execute tasks while having their actions and data recorded directly into SampleManager LIMS software as they work. The solution supports hands-free operation, enabling the scientist to perform lab work instead of switching between lab work and the LIMS. Using this technology, the scientist can scan samples to get information they need, upload the data to SampleManager LIMS software, and follow step-by-step procedures to achieve the highest quality of research. The solution drives organizational efficiency and quality, helping laboratories pursuing the Lab of the Future.
First, Holo4Labs connects people at your organization. From video collaboration and remote training to recording research, your employees can now work simultaneously from several locations. The mixed reality interface acts as a digital overlay to what a scientist can see, while others view the same image on their devices.
Sharing one’s point-of-view with Holo4Labs is possible due to the cameras flanking HoloLens 2 devices. The cameras facilitate video support and video recording for future use (e.g. during audits), providing an easy and efficient way to receive prescribed assistance to specific issues.
Accessing the Data
Using notebooks and manual data management to input and access the data is not the most efficient way to ensure data integrity. Automation of data processing is one of the key benefits of SampleManager LIMS software.
Now, with Holo4Labs, you can benefit from automated data processing while accessing your data in mixed reality. Simply glance at the sample’s QR code using the HoloLens device to capture the information you need. If you prefer, you can also use voice recognition or even type on a virtual keyboard.
Similarly, scientists and researchers can access data from any LIMS-integrated instrument in the lab using Holo4Labs.
Lab productivity means nothing if your scientists are not following the right procedures. Enabling lab workers with tools to make it easier to follow procedures is crucial to maintaining safe and correct research process.
The Laboratory Execution System (LES) in SampleManager LIMS software is a way to ensure SOP compliance and capture the complete process history. Your employees can follow the exact steps of the research workflow every time, and you get a complete report of how it went.
Holo4Labs makes it even easier, as it integrates with LES to screen the procedure’s steps in mixed reality. Researchers can open different instructions at once and pinpoint them at different locations around the lab.
With Holo4Labs, your lab can seamlessly connect to SampleManager LIMS software in mixed reality, freeing your scientists’ hands to ensure uninterrupted and more productive work.