Pipetting is an important but tedious laboratory procedure performed to transfer fluids. This process involves the transfer of precise amounts of liquid samples to different well plates within trays using a pipette. As this is a repetitive task, laboratorians can make mistakes and move a sample to the wrong location – with disastrous consequences. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) affiliated Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have come up with the solution – the iPipet system, an innovative app that incorporates an iPad into the pipetting process.
According to a news report, this novel app allows an iPad to visually guide “pipetters” in their work. This smart benchtop tool is designed to make the process more productive and accurate. It was also developed as an alternative to expensive robotic pipetting, which is also complex to set up and prone to technical failures.
Easy to learn and cost-effective, the iPipet’s helps lab technicians keep track of what they’re doing. This is how it works:
- Working with the iPad, the laboraorians first use the app to create a spreadsheet of their task
- The information is then uploaded to the iPipet website
- A grid display is generated with an arrangement of illuminated dots to guide users to the correct destination well plates, so that the samples are placed in the right destination wells
- Users can also download a file to 3D print an adapter for the tablet screen that will keep the well plates and grids aligned
iPipet was created in the lab of Yaniv Erlich and can be downloaded from the project website.
Electronic multichannel pipettes provide significant ergonomic benefits for the repetitive task of pipetting and the high-tech iPipet will make the process more productive, quick and efficient.