Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched what the company says are the first “smart” PCR instruments, its Applied Biosystems QuantStudio 6 and 7 Pro Real-Time PCR Systems. Added features for the Quant- Studio instruments include facial authentication, voice commands, radio-frequency identification (RFID)-enabled plate scanning, and single-touch access to product support. Facial authentication al- lows quick and secure log-in, and hands-free operation with voice-activated commands were added to improve user experience and productivity. The new system uses RFID-enabled Applied Biosystems TaqMan Array Plates for automated upload of plate layout and assay information for setting up the run, with results made available for remote analysis via desktop or via the mobile app. A Smart Help feature forwards system diagnostics to an on-call team member for issue diagnosis and, when possible, remote service.