Slowly but surely, the tablet and smartphone revolution is taking over the global technological arena, filling our days with a high speed connection to the world wide web. This connection around-the-clock has resulted in the transferring of much of our data from our personal hard drive to the cloud. How will this revolution affect our daily work at the bench?
First, why should a lab tech or researcher consider using tablets? Well, while smartphones are comfortable for small calculations and checking your Facebook status, tablets are of more comfort for lab work owing to their bigger screen (workspace) and their faster CPU without compromising commuting between the lab and the student's room. Tablets have several added values such that they take less space on the bench in comparison even to a netbook, they have built-in connectivity via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and have a very short off-on-off time lag. With more than 40 million iPad sold since the first model out, it is one of the most favorite tablets on the market today. As time goes by, the prices of tablets are expected to go down, and with that a rise in sales. Will the tablet replace the lab notebook? With time I believe it will.
Tablet in the lab: One-stop shop
Ever been working in the fume hood wishing you could fetch a protocol or the concentration of concentrated Beta-mercaptoethanol? You have to leave the hood, remove the gloves and make your way to your desktop to fetch the information (and waste more time searching for it…) and only then you can continue your work. With a tablet at your side this will be a thing of the past: Connected to the Internet, you can search for the information from within the hood.