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

Alienware M11x

Up until now, serious gamers had to tote around huge 17 and 15-inch monsters - or stay put.

Dell's Alienware, however, seeks to remedy this problem with its forthcoming game-oriented laptop, the M11x.

The 11.6in laptop (yep - 11.6in!) is practically netbook size, with a 1336x768-pixel high-def screen, a built-in webcam, and a SIM card reader for mobile web access.

The M11x currently has no optical drive (though an add-on will eventually be offered), but it can play games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at a whopping 30 frames per second.

A portable, power-packed gaming laptop - there's no question that the M11x will make waves.

Motorola Backflip

Motorola's latest Android-powered phone, the Backflip features a full QWERTY keyboard that can be flipped out so that both the keyboard and the touchscreen face the user.

The phone also has a 'backtrack', or mousepad-like touchpad on the back of the touchscreen to control the cursor on the screen.

It also features MotoBlur - a service that allows users to get updates from all their different social media accounts in one place and first seen on the Dext.

The phone packs only a midsize processor, but the social networking crowd doesn't really need lots of power.

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

Google Nexus One

While the new Nexus One is no more a 'Google phone' than the T-Mobile G1, it is probably the best Android phone on the market today.

And Google has done such a good job of associating itself with the Nexus One in the minds of most consumers and much of the media that this 'Google phone' is bound to sell like hotcakes in 2010.

And make no mistake: it is a very nice phone.

Is it an iPhone killer? Well, it's slimmer than the iPhone, has a slightly bigger and more hi-res OLED screen, as well as a noticeably faster, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, among other things.

At the very least, the Nexus One represents a truly viable alternative for iPhone users.

Apple iPad

Our favourite Cupertino company is sure to have a huge hit on its hands with the Apple iPad, that was unveiled by Steve Jobs this week.

The iPad is a slate PC that looks like a big iPhone. It has a home button and an alumminium bezel like an Apple MacBook.

The 9.7in, 4:3 touchscreen is made of glass. It's only half an inch thick, and weighs just 680g (about half a smallish laptop).
It contains a 1GHz Apple A4 chip, which is both processor and graphics.

The Apple iPad will come with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of flash solid state storage.

Connectivity is handled by 802.11n WI-Fi internet, and Bluetooth 2.1. It has an accelerometer and compass, speaker, microphone and 30-pin connector.

Available within the next two months, the iPad will run all Apple iPhone apps straight out of the box - either at their native size or stretched to fit the screen. Users will be able to move apps from their iPhones to the iPad.

To complement the Apple iPad, Apple is launching the iBookstore online store, a kind of iTunes or App Store for e-books.

UK pricing has yet to be revealed, although in the US the device will cost between $499 and $829 (£310 and £515).

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

Lenovo IdeaPad U1

Forget tablets; Lenovo has introduced a new hybrid notebook: the Lenovo IdeaPad.

The IdeaPad U1 is a laptop that runs Windows 7 and has a 128GB solid-state drive -but wait: If you pull off the 11.6in screen, you get a Linux-running multitouch tablet PC with 16GB of flash memory.

That's right - not only is it a laptop and a tablet, but it runs both Windows and Linux. The tablet powers up within three seconds of being removed from the base, which can then act as a 3G wireless hub for the tablet.

Many consumers will be trying to decide between a laptop or a tablet this year, but the hybrid Lenovo IdeaPad U1 might well settle the argument by providing both.

iPhone 4G

It hasn't even been a year since the Apple iPhone 3GS, and people are already looking toward the next iPhone, which some speculate may be called the iPhone 4G.

The iPhone 3GS offered only incremental changes to the iPhone 3G's hardware - and it looked exactly the same.

Rumours suggest that the iPhone 4G will be available as early as May or June 2010, and may have a new design, a faster processor, a five-megapixel camera, and an OLED screen - features that would rival those on Google's Nexus One.

Other rumours hint at a removable battery, video chat support, and a redone app store.

The rumours aren't totally out of left field - an army of Androids are marching into the smartphone market.

We believe this will force Apple to upgrade its iPhone more drastically, and sooner, in order to stay competitive in a quickly-changing market.

Image credit: Isamu Sanada

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

Even further into the future

The Consumer Electronics Association has some of its own predictions.

The group believes 3D TV and connected HDTV will be huge in 2010 - that by 2013, 25 percent of sets will be 3D, for example.

We're not so sure. After all, the 3D TV we saw at CES still needed some serious work to be worth it. Hence, no 3D TVs on our list.

The CEA also predicts that cloud-based multimedia distribution - multimedia on phones, tablets, and other devices - will spawn big partnerships, and that TV consumption will become more multimedia-diverse (online episode archives and interactive voting).

This we can get on board with, especially as the trend of multimedia consumption across all platforms continues to grow.

The CEA also predicts that e-readers and netbooks will continue to gain popularity for this very reason: mobile access to streaming content.

We've no doubt about that prediction for the e-reader market, but we've yet to see the one e-reader that will fly off the shelves... not yet, anyway.

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  1. These product will be racking up sales by Christmas
  2. Alienware M11x and Motorola Backflip
  3. Google Nexus One and Apple iPad
  4. Lenovo IdeaPad U1 and Apple iPhone 4G
  5. Even further into the future