Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Microbiology is Recognized with New Emojis

The Unicode Consortium today announced it has finalized a new set of 157 emoji. This brings the total number of approved emojis to 2,823.

The new Emoji 11.0 set is fixed and final, and includes the data needed for vendors to begin working on their emoji fonts and code ahead of the release of Unicode 11.0, scheduled for June 2018. The new emoji typically start showing up on mobile phones in August or September.

So, what does this have to do with microbiology or rapid methods? Believe it or not, there will be six (6) brand new laboratory and microbiology-related emojis including a lab coat, goggles, Petri dish, test tube, DNA molecule and finally, a microbe (which looks like E. coli on steroids!). These will be great additions to the microscope emoji which has been quite lonely for all these years!

Here is a sneak peek at the new emojis coming later this year. Please click on the image for a larger view.