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The 6 best gadgets that never made it

Great technology that never saw the light of day

Hundreds of gadgets are announced at CES every year, but many never make it on to the market. We look at the six best gizmos that never became publicly available.

This year's best gadget that won't appear: TransferJet Technology

The first devices with TransferJet, a new type of high-speed wireless data transfer technology spearheaded by Sony, will be released in February 2010.

The first devices to incorporate TransferJet will be Sony CyberShot cameras, followed by other Sony products (such as VAIO laptops).

We're unlikely to see TransferJet en masse as a technology this year. So far, Sony is the only company with plans to release TransferJet-enabled devices (and, so far, just in a digital camera); only one other company - Toshiba - has even shown a TransferJet prototype.

Plus, it's already been two years since TransferJet was first announced (at CES 2008), and back then a cadre of electronics companies - including Canon, Nikon and Samsung - had signed on.

So don't get your hopes up that TransferJet will soon appear in everything from mobile phones to laptops, because it's probably not going to happen this year.

See also: The 15 biggest technology failures

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