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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Gesture Recognition with Next-Generation Webcam

This project presents next-generation webcam hardware and software prototypes. The new prototype webcam has an extremely wider view angle than traditional webcams and can capture stereo movie and high-accuracy depth images simultaneously. Users can chat with stereoscopic video. Accurate depth-image processing can support not only all Kinect scenarios on a PC, but also a gesture-control user interface without a touch screen. Besides computer vision, the webcam includes a hardware accelerator and a new image-sensor design. The cost of the design is similar to that of current webcams, and the webcam potentially could be miniaturized as a mobile camera. The project showcases new user scenarios in playing games with this webcam.

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