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Wu WL et al

Application Notes: APD Handwash Android App – A tool for evaluating the effectiveness of handwashing

Published on 08 September 2021

Handwashing is a basic infection control practice that needs to be performed correctly to be effective. In the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, its correct practice is emphasized by public health institutions. However, turning a practice into a habit requires acceptance for adoption of the twenty-second proper procedure to which difficulty remains. To promote and convince the average user, we developed the “APD Handwash app” as a home-use demonstration/education tool to the pitfalls and need of proper handwashing practices through the detection of assigned clean or dirty areas on the hand in a quantitative manner to provide a gauge to the effectiveness of washing when used before and after washing.

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Application Notes

Chew ZY et al

Application Notes - APD LAMP Diagnostic App: Automated Colorimetric Analysis and Documentation

Published on 17 March 2021

Amidst rapid diagnostic kits, reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) has emerged as a rapid point-of-care testing (POCT) method during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many POCT kits rely on plate readers or visual classifications, these processes require experienced staff, and with the use of plate readers, the need for peripheral equipment and infrastructure as well. To address the gap and ensure objectivity in colorimetric POCT kits, the Automated Product Determination (APD) LAMP Diagnostic App was developed for automatic colorimetric analysis of single to multiple LAMP samples. Leveraging on the smartphone camera, barcode-based documentation feature, and a colour distance formula, the app algorithm calculates RGB values, labelling samples as “positive” when yellow, “negative” when pink, and “unknown” when orange. The APD Lamp diagnostic app for Android hereby demonstrates the integration of smartphone apps in POCT kits and ways the smartphone revolution changes laboratory processes to be timely and on-the-go.

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Application Notes

Liew KC et al

Application Notes: PsychVey Ver2 – Improving online survey data collection

Published on 17 September 2020

Surveys are an instrumental way in which researchers and scientists can gather data. With increasing reliance of digital solutions, manual surveys utilizing pen and paper are increasingly rare in the technologically connected world. Previously, we released the PsychVey web application platform to facilitate easy management of surveys for faster, more convenient and secure data collection. In the new PsychVey Ver.2, there is now a new user interface, automated email notification, auto-marking, display of pictures, uploading of documents and an improved search feature. To allow cross-platforms, PsychVey Ver2 has improved mobile-browser compatibility and speed.

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Editorial

Gan SKE et al

“Set My Scientists Free” - Scientific Phone Apps and DIY equipment during lockdowns

Published on 14 April 2020

The SARS-CoV2 pandemic of year 2020 caused unprecedented disruptions globally. With lockdowns implemented in many countries, scientific research such as biomedical sciences, experienced major disruptions including in the supply chains of research materials.

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Research Article

Ong NB et al

App for Referencing with translations and summary: APD Reference App

Published on 19 February 2020

With the multitude of academic reports published daily, ever-increasing reference formats and styles, it has become cumbersome for academics and researchers to create references and read all relevant publications. To alleviate these problems, the “Antibody & Product Development Lab (APD) Reference App” was created for easy reference search, and citation in different formats by using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to capture the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) or title of a publication. Following this, users can easily retrieve, browse, and read translated summaries of the articles of interest. Incorporating Natural Language Processing (NLP), the app is available on both Google and Apple app stores with trials available for paid features.

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