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Review by Daniel P. Dern
Date: 19 January 2009 /

Daniel Dern picked out his Best of CES for us and here it is, in all its techno-coolness...if a bit belated.

Back when I was editor of (see ) one of the fun parts was herding a gang of show-coverers including veteran technology and science fiction writer Jerry Pournelle. One thing I learned from Jerry was to, from all the stuff seen, pick a few "bests in categories" to exemplify the often vast amount of things there -- for this CES, over 20,000 NEW products, according to parent organization CEA, plus all the already-introduced ones.

Here's my short list for CES 2009:

Coolest, likely-to-be-the-most-useful tech: the HyperSpace, SplashTop and Cloud "Instant-On" Pre-Boot Environnments for X86 netbooks, notebooks and desktops.

Power stuff: The Horizon Fuel Cell, whose MiniPak may follow Medis Technologies' already-out Power Pack as the second mobile-electronic fuel cell; and Aqua Battery System's NoPoPo water-activated batteries (, including in AA form factor, look way interesting. And the nPower PEG Personal Energy Generator (, putting new meaning into "power walking."

Desktop Solutions: nDigitus' iM-Boot Dual add-in to switch among SATA drives as the primary boot drive.

Mobile: Novatel Wireless' MiFI mobile 3G hotspot.

Storage: The PogoPlug (, a sub-$100 widgit that makes your USB storage web-accessible (through your Internet connection)

"Dangest Thing I Saw": (With a tip of the hat to veteran techno-reporter Jerry Pournelle, for creating this category.) There's usually at least one item indisputably in this category, like last year's iShoes, or the CatGenie self-cleaning cat box from another recent event. I didn't see anything to match these this year (maybe I missed it), but the Cell-Mate comes close enough -- a zero-tech way to turn your cellphone into a headset. (Just be careful driving with the window open if the phone's on your left side...)

Stuff I didn't get a chance to see: Palm's new phone, the Organic LED displays (other than briefly), new netbooks, new cameras...

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