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.

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Martyn Williams

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