What a great thing -- Google has Labs! We should nominate them for some new kind of Dog Friendly Technology Award To Be Named Later!
We spent time looking at Google's new accessible search for visually-impaired users. Since we know a few blind people, we'd already heard about this one. The idea behind the access issue is that Google evaluates website content for usability, considering that screen-reading software handles text well, but not graphics. Guided search results may also be expanded, so the user is not limited to just what Google thinks is good content.
The other beta tool we checked out was Google Trends. It was interesting to see that searches for "rhododendrons" really spike in the springtime, but were almost non-existent in the deep winter months. Fascinating.