HemocyTap is an app that I developed during the first year of my PhD because I was (literally) getting cramps in my thumbs from counting cells. The four main features that were a must for me are:
- Being able to see which squares I have already counted, count those squares again if I have lost track of cells in a particular square.
- Getting the repetitive and error-prone calculations done for me, consistently in the same way, and without the need to type anything in a calculator.
- Saving my counts and being able to export them via email. This was crucial as I needed those counts as part of the results sections of a scientific paper.
- Going back to my counts and tracking how fast cells have been proliferating in a graph, along with their doubling time
I used it (and refined it) throughout my PhD and it served me really well. Other people in my lab started using it, so I decided to make it available on iTunes. Because so many people asked for it, I also recently developed the Android version. No more going around the lab trying to find the tally counters, the lab book (or a piece of paper), the calculator… Plus, you get all your data directly in your inbox! It’s all in there, and it’s as easy as ABC. So if you’re starting out with the hemocytometer, this app can save your life. Or, if you’re experienced already, you will ask yourself how you have survived so long without it. Seriously.
To see the app in action, check out the demo video I created:
I am open to adding any features that people find useful – send them via the form below