This is a short video of a robot in the Kishony and Springer labs at Harvard Medical School. We often conduct experiments that require watching what happens to microbes in a variety of conditions over time. This custom configured and programmed machine allows us to measure up to 44 plates for days at a time. It can collect over 500,000 data points a day, enabling us to do far more extensive assays than previously possible. The video was made by attaching a GoPro Hero3 Black to the bottom of the robotic arm.
Video Contributed by Dr. Michael Baym, a Post-doctoral researcher in the Kishony Lab in the Systems Biology Department at Harvard Medical School
To learn a little more about robots, computation, and their use in research, see our special edition on Alan Turing:
And this Signal to Noise Article: