No. 7| September 2021 
Hello, RE:Labers!
Welcome to Cruscotti, our monthly newsletter. Please, fasten your seatbelt and let our journey begin.

In this issue:
  What's new?: Techy, UX & Ergo, DesignFun(d) Raisers

The NeUX: news from UX world 

A focus on Haptic Technology

In recent years, there has often been talk about cutting-edge technologies that could improve not only the quality of life, but also the competitiveness of the entire digital sector in Europe. Haptic technologies are among those considered potentially suitable for the concrete development of European leadership. Haptic technology is one of the engineering fields whose potential is only recently beginning to be exploited.  It uses the user's sense of touch to provide haptic feedback by applying forces, vibrations and movement. It is a versatile technology that can be used in different contexts for different purposes. For example, haptics technology has made it possible to study the human sense of touch in detail, allowing the creation of accurately controlled haptic virtual objects. Haptics can be used in the medical and military fields for simulations requiring the use of hand-eye coordination.


Several European companies are specialising in this area and developing interesting products from an international point of view. Interestingly, this technology can also be combined with others, such as virtual reality, to create a complete sensory reality even in the virtual context. Despite the great progress achieved thanks to technological advancement, there are still many limitations and challenges hampering its deployment and the possibility of obtaining scalable solutions on the market. This is mainly due to the current development costs, which are still unaffordable, but this is not the only critical aspect. Haptic applications can be extremely complex as they require highly specialised hardware and considerable processing power.


JournalIf you are into haptic technology, we suggest this recent article, which provides a fulfilling analysis of this interesting and promising field and its current or potential applications, including a reflection on the problems and prospects of research and development.

The RE:Lab’s guide to the Galaxy

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While in RE:Lab

The latest cutting edge news our RE:Labers talk about at the coffee machine (which is virtual in this COVID-era)



  • If you have found the first video of this Cruscotti issue interesting or weird, you must know that new systems allowing the creation of increasingly sophisticated avatars that are also accessible to those without programming skills are appearing. One of them is Synthesia, which generates professional videos only by providing the text.

UX & Ergo

  • If you have ever wondered about the difference between gamification and game-based learning, and the future of using virtual reality (VR) for learning might look like, we suggest reading here.


  • How to adapt an interface (as well as other products) to the expectations and tastes of the Chinese market: an attempt to summarise a very complex subject is here.

Fun(d) Raisers 

  • The European Union is not indifferent to the potential offered by haptic technology. As early as the last Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, the Commission reserved funding for research in this field. For example, the TOUCHLESS project was financed to overcome the social distancing measures adopted following the outbreak of the pandemic, through which a technology was developed to overcome the “coldness” of virtual contact, thanks to haptic feedback. In general, the new Horizon Europe Framework Programme also includes calls for proposals dedicated to this technology and its various fields of application.

Great Need of RE:Lab

A plane with a view

From a structural point of view plane windows are a rip off. They somehow weaken the fuselage and they are a possible, easily accessible, source of breach.
However, who would like to travel in a “blind” seat with no view, hence no contact with the outside world?
Some companies are actually starting to consider planes where passenger windows are not present anymore, but in their place LCD displays are installed. Each user could have their own customized view (front-, side-, rear-, zoom-  cameras are connected to the displays) and some form of infotainment can also be managed as it is in the headrest screens in current planes.

There is a Great Need of Re:Lab!, and possibly a great interest for RE:Lab.

This idea has actually moved ahead and now companies are thinking about a completely virtualized interior. A little scary though.

Serial Stories

History of RE:Lab 

Thus begins the serial story of RE:Lab that will stay with us for a long time... A very long time... We want our RE:Labers to know in detail all the events that have taken place over the years. 
Only by sharing memories can we build identity and a sense of togetherness.

Chapter 7 
The technical front

RE:Lab has two sides of the same coin. The first, as we have reported in the recent months, is linked to ergonomics, design, and interaction; the second is technical.
The company chooses the path of interaction with firmware and embedded systems. A very special field of interactive design, where the operating conditions of applications and software are not the same as those of a computer program. These are electronic units that go into tractors, cars, motorbikes, household appliances, and which therefore have completely different performance and costs than those we find on our desk and in the presence of a personal computer.
This means that RE:Lab's technical skills are of the highest level, very specific and able to work both on the electronic board up to the point of designing it and on the firmware and programming. It also means that this type of interface is placed within the on-board and integration networks: hence the so-called "CAN protocol", and also another particular protocol, which will be very important, "ISOBUS".
ISOBUS is a connection protocol which, in the agricultural sector, connects tractors with their implements - a kind of plug & play. Thanks to ISOBUS, in fact, a tractor can recognise its implement and an implement can in turn recognise the tractor, and immediately configure an on-board system called the "Virtual Terminal" to display tractor information for use.
Perhaps, RE:Lab is one of the first companies to bring ISOBUS to the centre of its business, especially the technical side.
In this sense, it succeeds in developing a "Stack", i.e. an integrated solution to bring ISOBUS into agricultural machinery, which RE:Lab manages to promote to all the main manufacturers of agricultural vehicles in the Italian and international context.

The RE:Lab Bookshelf 

Following the success of his previous work "The Black Box Society", which warned of the increasingly invasive role that big data and algorithms play in our lives, author Frank Pasquale returns to address topics that intertwine technological progress and ethics.
This time, with "New laws of robotics", he analyses the problems and risks linked to the unbridled technological development that began a few decades ago, particularly in the field of robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Taking his cue from Isaac Asimov's works and his laws of robotics, the author tries to foresee the possible future scenarios that the human being could face and proposes a series of recommendations and practical guidelines to follow, to ensure that technologies will not replace man, but will represent a complementary support to his activities.
The book offers some very interesting ideas on the subject, especially at a time like the present, when the pandemic and the measures taken to counter it have accelerated the research and development of technological solutions. Indeed, to prevent the risk of finding oneself in the shoes of a “Frankenstein 2.0”, it would be wise for technological developments to be accompanied by an appropriate regulatory framework. 

This is definitely something a good RE:Labber should be aware of!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Broom-Broom


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 or start with a white board on which to personally insert various elements thanks to the toolbar.

To simplify the collaboration, Miro has integrated tools such as videochat, chat, possibility to add votes and comments, and a part where users can view the board history.

Moreover, Miro has a free profile that allows you to create a maximum of 3 editable boards.

We think it would be nice to learn something new and useful every day. If you would also like to share some magic tips with other RE:Labers, send us your secret here.

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