Fluigent on The Big Bang Theory
Do you watch the famous series The Big Bang Theory? No? Too bad you didn’t see us within two of the latest season episodes!
It is a fact that the Big Bang Theory is one of the most viewed series of all times. Besides, we follow a group of friends, but also a group of researchers trying to perform their experiments, find answers, make discoveries, patent their ideas, etc. An atmosphere that some of us are not far away from, as this can be the daily work.
In this season, Leonard, Sheldon and Howard, three of the main characters, are building a new technology that can take over the standard GPS one, and the army’s subventions are a plus to help them in their work. But on episode 15, aired on February 9th, they have to balance their flow-rates within the microfluidic channels. That means they need microfluidic flow control technologies! And to illustrate this, the storyboarders have decided to display a lot of microfluidic images on the screens.
This is where Fluigent comes. On the top right corner of the screen behind Leonard’s bag, we all can see our MAESFLO™ software! It is an honor to be considered by The Big Bang Theory as the best way to illustrate to other that the characters are doing actual microfluidics during this scene. Besides, all the LabVIEW panels you can see are all coming from our SDKs, Software Development Kits, to help our customers build their own software designed specifically for their applications.
We can also notice the picture of multiple droplet encapsulation on the left screen. This comes from the review “Designer emulsions using microfluidics” written by Rhutesh K. Shah et al., including David Weitz and published in 2008. If you want to have a look, the content is on open access on the Science Direct website.
Updated on April 13th: But we didn’t appear on only one episode! On episode 19, aired on April 5th, the characters were reunited in the same room as in episode 15, and our MAESFLO™ was still on the screens. The decision to include Fluigent on their stage set was not a random decision. Something to follow until the end of this season…