October 1, 2018 (Vol. 38, No. 17)
Strong Points: Easy to use, beautiful app design
Weak Points: Disruptive pop-up ads
Lab Assist: The Lab Companion combines the utilities of lab apps that typically stand alone into one, well-designed format. The app contains three main functionalities that are all useful to any scientist at the bench: a timer, a counter, and a dilution calculator. The counter allows users to count up for two separate samples and to assign a name to each, which is useful for avoiding confusion. The dilution calculator allows users to input values so that they can calculate mass concentration, molar concentration, and percentage concentration. The app interface is beautifully designed and easy to navigate and use. The one major downside is that there are a lot of pop-up ads that can be disruptive if you are trying to use the app. However, Lab Assist: The Lab Companion is still a convenient tool that combines the functionality of several useful lab apps into one place.