Printing Teddy Bears: A Technique for 3D Printing of Soft Interactive Objects

Link to project page & press release: http://www.disneyresearch.com/project/printed-teddy-bears/

This paper considers the design, construction, and example use of a new type of 3D printer which fabricates three-dimensional objects from soft fibers (wool and wool blend yarn). This printer allows the substantial advantages of additive manufacturing techniques (including rapid turn-around prototyping of physical objects and support for high levels of customization and configuration) to be employed with a new class of material.

The new Bing

Bing introduces a new design, way to search and connect all data. You will now have your core search results, a snapshot area and a sidebar.
They will improve the connection of real object and social entities together with your search results. If you are concerned about your (Facebook) privacy: they also announced at the Bing Search Summit that they respect the Facebook privacy settings and that it is their priority 1, 2, 3 and 4 to protect your privacy.

Some images from the Bing Search Summit webcast:

I just don’t like this “US”-only thing:

 

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Wearable Multitouch Projector

This project is a depth-sensing and projection system that enables interactive multitouch applications on everyday surfaces. Beyond a shoulder-worn system, there is no instrumentation of the user or the environment. Foremost, on such surfaces—without calibration—Wearable Multitouch Interaction provides capabilities similar to those of a mouse or a touchscreen: X and Y locations in 2-D interfaces and whether fingers are “clicked” or hovering, enabling a wide variety of interactions. Reliable operation on the hands, for example, requires buttons to be 2.3 centimeters in diameter. Thus, it is now conceivable that anything one can do on today’s mobile devices can be done in the palm of a hand.

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