No. 4| May 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 


The role of STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is undoubtedly recognised internationally. So is the gender gap that exists in the context of STEM specialisations. 
With the aim of promoting competences in this field, RE:Lab was chosen as a territorial reality of excellence to carry out a training initiative organised by CNA education within the project financed by the ER Region Orientanet. 
The event, which was held on 19th May 2021, involved colleagues Giulia Losi, Vanessa Bonatti and Xhoana Aliu, who gave a virtual presentation of the company and their personal paths, with the purpose of introducing young people to STEM disciplines. 
The students at the end of their high school studies were able to learn more about the definition of technical working groups, the European projects field, and the technologies used in various projects, such as the museum sector, the development of apps, the programming of IoT solutions in the field of mobility.
The presentation of the RE:Lab project leaders, in Italian and English, highlighted female skills, the description of teams and work processes in research and innovation, and the importance of multicultural interaction in the work context.


LinkedIn - Last call to register for the TEDxNapoliSalon, the event-marathon of 2 June, in collaboration with 24 Italian TEDx, during which 50 speakers will speak about the new freedoms and duties of the digital society.

Journal - Can keeping the driver in the perception–action loop during automated driving improve take-over behavior from conditionally automated driving? If you want to learn more, this paper is for you


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)



UX & Ergo


Fun(d) Raisers 

  • Launch of Horizon Europe work programmes postponed again.
    The European Commission has again delayed the adoption date of Horizon Europe work programmes. The work programmes due to be published in March, then that deadline was pushed to April, and subsequently to the first half of May. Now, Commission officials confirmed the documents will not be available until the end of May, postponing once more their official adoption. Some stakeholders believe the reason for the delay is that the Commission is still trying to convince member states to exclude Israel, Switzerland and UK from Horizon Europe quantum and space projects.

Great Need of RE:Lab

Italian example of a confirmation popup in software

The localisation of every interface is certainly one of the most difficult challenges.
In this Italian example of a confirmation popup in software, something went wrong.
The right button is the Cancel (i.e. give up what you are trying to do), which is correctly translated in Italian as “Annulla”. The left button is the variable part to confirm the action. But in this case, the action was “Undo”, which “unfortunately” in Italian is also correctly translated with “Annulla”. So everything is correct, but the result… well let’s say it is a bit confusing.
The case is probably very tricky because the developers use shared text libraries that in the original (English) language would probably work perfectly: Undo and Cancel. Only a thorough test through all possible languages could actually prevent such a confusing message. 

Once the issue has been found, the solution might be to use a different translation for one of the two strings or to modify the software so that when “Undo” is the confirmation button string, it is phrased differently and more clearly. For example “Confirm Undo” (”Conferma annullamento”).

This second solution would also prevent the issue from occurring in other languages that may be hard to control.

There’s a Great Need of Re:Lab! or, in this case, C'è tanto bisogno di Re:Lab!

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 4 
Interaction Engineering

Interaction Engineering has been a keyword in RE:Lab's history since the beginning. This feature somehow qualifies RE:Lab's identity and gives it an entrepreneurial connotation.
Interaction Engineering is the idea of making interaction functional and engineerable.
Companies often design interaction ideas, propose interaction technologies, express interaction intentions, and desires. Only a few succeed in combining interaction ideas with interaction technologies. Because they make the interaction work according to the customer's expectations and wishes.
This is the philosophy of Interaction Engineering. It aims at giving the interaction with a functional model that was in the customer and user expectations, while at the same time making it work well in reality.
There is a joke we often use at RE:Lab: "if we design the interface of an oven to bake a cake, at the end of the project there must be an oven that bakes a cake that you can eat".
It is this spirit that has determined the transitional phase of RE:Lab's activity. RE:Lab has transformed itself from a university spin-off to a real leader company on this issue that grows in numbers, skills, and competencies.

The RE:Lab Bookshelf 

Dear RE:Labber, this time we are dealing with a book about numbers. A curious text is written by Vaclav Smil entitled: "Numbers don't lie".  As the incipit says, it is an eclectic book that teaches us through numbers and in short stories to understand the world. Each story occupies a few pages, and the topics are very different: what makes people happy, how electric motors power modern civilisation, the slow farewell of the Mediterranean diet, whether your car or your phone is more harmful to the environment. All with careful use of statistical data teaches us a lot about the value of numbers and using them correctly.  At times, we, who are concerned with their representation, can draw from this text insights into their validity. It is not necessary to be a statistician or even a mathematics enthusiast. A tenacious and curious faith in science is enough. By the way: the environmental impact of telephones and cars is much more similar than one might suspect, and both are pretty significant.

Good reading to everyone!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Broom-Broom

Are you familiar with the Kanzi software? Hopefully, this quick tip will help.
Ctrl + Shift + R
This command is used to find all the items connected to the selected node.
For example, if I select a property from the Library, the command will return a list of nodes that contain the selected property so that I don't have to search for it manually.
You can use it with any type of object, animations, materials, render passes, state managers, or even fonts! 

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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