What we want to see at CES 2009

A reporters wish list of products and announcements that they'd like to see at CES 2009

Every year tens of thousands of people attend the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and each likely turns up with their own ideas and hopes for the new products that will be unveiled. Reporters for IDG News Service are no different and in advance of CES 2009, which will take place from January 8 to 11, here's a our wish list of products and announcements that we'd like to see at the show.

OLED TVs

The first commercial television with an OLED (organic light emitting diode) screen, Sony's XEL-1, had its North American unveiling at CES 2008 but things have been quiet since then. Both Sony and Samsung showed prototype screens that were larger than the XEL-1's 11-inch display and the same screens have been appearing at shows throughout the year but where are the products? Back in May Sony CEO Howard Stringer said a 27-inch OLED TV would be coming "within the next 12 months," which makes CES 2009 the perfect launch pad. We're hoping to see some sort of announcement from Samsung too and not just the same prototypes.

Android phones

The T-Mobile G1 was a good start for the Google-backed Android platform, but now it's time for the other big handset members of the Open Handset Alliance -- LG, Motorola and Samsung -- to show their support with some new, cool phones, and not just smart phones with QWERTY keyboards but some other form factors as well. More Android phones from HTC wouldn't hurt either and while we'd love to see a Sony Ericsson handset its perhaps a bit premature as they only joined up this month. When it comes to mobile phones announcements at CES there is one small problem, the Mobile World Congress takes place just five weeks after CES has ended, so the vendors could very well choose to make their big announcements there.

Asustek Computer's US$200 netbook

Asus plans to launch a $200 netbook early next year and CES would be the perfect place to show off such a device. The Taiwanese company first promised a $199 Eee PC that was never delivered at that price, though with stores slashing prices ahead of the holidays maybe we'll see that price without any help from Asustek. The only problem with a $200 netbook is that it may trade off too much in the way of functionality to be of much use to anyone. Asustek has surprised in the past, so let's hope the company delivers a winner again.

Sony Transfer Jet

One of the stars of Sony's CES 2008 booth was Transfer Jet, a wireless data transmission system that runs faster than USB. Just place a gadget with the Transfer Jet technology onto a pad and data starts flowing. It's a cable and stress-free way to zap content between gadgets. On July 14 of the biggest names in consumer electronics got behind the system so we're hoping to see some progress, possibly compatibility between gadgets from different companies and, if you'll allow us to dream, the first products.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags ces 2009

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?