We make actions measurable.
Ultimately, we want to make every protocol step objectively measurable through sensors. This is the only way we can automate documentation completely. This is a large endeavor, so we've ranked common protocol steps by the amount of impact they have if they are executed erroneously. For these protocol steps, we develop devices specific to that action, in the order of highest to lowest potential impact. Our first use case is pipetting. This is how we made pipetting measurable:
Step one: Sensors
First we set up sensors to make every variable that can impact pipetting measurable. For instance, plunger rotation determines volume setting, so we set up sensors to measure plunger rotation. Additionally, tip management is very important, so we included sensors to measure tip attachment and ejection.
Step two: Data extraction
Once we were able to sense the right physical quantities that represent the action (pipetting), we built algorithms to determine whether the action has taken place, and whether that action has taken place correctly. To do this, we combined physical models and machine learning to accurately determine what happened. Our goal is to determine the quality of every single protocol step with a higher resolution than ever would be reasonable to ask from the operator.
Step three: Integration
Lastly, we make the documentation we created as useful as possible for the end user. We do this in three ways.
1. Mishap report: Instead of your QA departments having to scroll through pages of documentation to find errors, we can automatically generate a report on operational mishaps based on the gathered data.
2. Software API: We supply all the software tools to easily link the results of your protocols (i.e. in a LIMS) to the documentation we provide, automating a large part of QA.
3. Dashboard (not at launch): After launch, we will also provide an optional dashboard so lab managers and researchers can get live insight into protocol advancement and research planning.
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Q&A: What will your system be able to do at launch?
We'll launch with a platform that can answer the following five questions:
Panorama Beacon - Making sure pipetting steps take place at the right time, with the right volume, by the right person.
Heating & Cooling Solution - Making sure that samples on the benchtop are at the temperature they need to be.
Lab Bench Organization - Making sure the right materials are used for the right protocols.
Research Planning - Making sure usage of research tools is correct and planned efficiently.
Mixing Solution - Making sure the right container is mixed in the right way.