Have you ever thought about life from the point of view of a Helix® On-Site Smart Inventory Unit? We did, and this is what we imagined…
The post doc who never goes anywhere without her earbuds in. I wonder what her research playlist is, she’s always dancing her way in and out of the hall. The new grad student in the virology lab next door. He’s looking a little lost right now.
And of course there’s the PI with the big boots. Never looks where he’s going and constantly almost plowing people down. It’s kind of funny actually, the near misses I’ve seen between him and grad students running out of here with that key reagent they need to finish those last few reaction tubes.
There was a big-name speaker today for the lunch time journal club, so there was a lot of activity on the hall this afternoon. Lots of talking about the presentation. Everyone sounded pretty excited about what they heard.
But now it’s quiet. Most people have gone home for the evening.
Except for the security lighting, the hall is dark.
Oh wait, I hear footsteps heading my way. Apparently, not everyone has stopped work for the day, apparently.
Oh, it’s you. One of my favorite after-hour scientists.
You open the door to the common room, and check the product list on your phone: 100bp DNA ladder … there’s one left. Drawer D.
You pull the pass out of your pocket. I scan it. Click. The door unlocks. You grab your package and let the door close.
I’ll take it from here so that you can get back to work.
Your pass tells me that you’re a post doc in a lab upstairs. After you close the door, I check to see what you took. My scan reads the tag on each reagent. G2101: 100bp DNA ladder. Drawer D.
That was the last one. I update the inventory list. More will arrive in the next resupply shipment.
I send you an email with the details.
Time to check my systems.
Connection to Promega? Check.
Door closed and locked? Check.
Storage temperature holding steady? Check.
All reagents present? Check.
The lights go dark as I transmit the report back home.