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8 gadgets to watch in 2010

Products that will be racking up sales by Christmas

We've picked out 8 gadgets that we reckon will rack up big sales by next Christmas.

2009 has barely ended but already we're predicting what's going to be the outstanding product of 2010.

Last year we bought iPhones and Flip camcorders by the millions, but what will it be this year?

Despite initial reservations and complaints we're sure Apple's iPad will fly off the shelves, while a new, more powerful iPhone would be greeted with open arms and open wallets.

But we've found other strong contenders, such as the Xbox 'Project Natal' gaming controller, the Sezmi TV broadcast and streaming system, and the sharp-looking new IdeaPad U1 laptop from Lenovo.

Check out our pick of the gadgets that'll be hot this year.

Project Natal

Nintendo had better watch its back, because Microsoft has announced a new controller for the Xbox 360 - a controller that allows you to play without a controller.

Dubbed 'Project Natal', the new Xbox 360 controller looks similar to the Nintendo Wii's sensor bar: a small bar that sits above or below your television and tracks your movements.

But Microsoft has one-upped the Wii by adding 3D motion tracking, voice recognition, and facial recognition to Project Natal.

We don't know how accurate and effective Project Natal will be - that's for the thousands of gamers who buy it in the autumn to find out.

What seems sure is that even though the product will hit the shelves far into 2010, it already has enough hype among gamers to ensure big sales numbers.

But Project Natal won't be the only must-have gaming controller next Christmas.

Sony also plans to release its wand-based 'Arc' motion controller for the Playstation 3 at the same time. It will certainly stoke up the forum firefights between the PS3 and Xbox fanboys.

Sezmi

Ditching cable TV and moving to online TV is a great idea, but no matter how you do it, you miss out on lots of broadcast TV (live news, sports, local programming).

Sezmi may be the first service to fix that. Sezmi is a service based on a set-top box that not only streams video from the web and from your PC, but also catches over-the-air local broadcast TV via a supplied in-home antenna.

On the remote control, each family member has their own button, which will take them to their personal Sezmi channel - complete with on-demand shows tailored to their personal tastes.

There's no need to worry about overloading the Sezmi, either, as each box is packed with a whopping 1TB for recorded shows.

The service is currently being trialled in the US. No details have been made available as to when it will hit the UK market.

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