And 2009 is likely to see the usual slew of tech innovations, says CNET-TV Senior Editor Natali Del Conte, with all kinds of stuff set to debut.
On The Early Show Saturday Edition, Del Conte filled in viewers on what will be new and cool, what will become outmoded, and likely trends in the tech world next year:
Stand-alone portable GPS will begin to die
In-dash navigation and the smartphones now have GPS, so there's no need to buy a standalone system. We saw this happen with the PDA and the MP3 player and, slowly, it's unfolding with the standalone camera.
Mind control gaming systems will be all the rage
These are devices that enable you to control your gaming avatars with your thoughts. They already exist, but none of the major gaming console makers (Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft) has gotten on board. Yet.
Android, Google's cell phone operating system, will out-sell iPhone
It won't outsell iPhone on the T-Mobile G1, but we're going to see this operating system on several more phones in 2009. It could become as recognizable on your phone as Windows is on your PC.
OLED TV will become affordable and more popular
Organic Light Emitting Diode means the picture is as clear as can be and the blacks are blacker than in any other picture display. We saw the first OLED TV at last year's Consumer Electronics Show, but it cost more than $2,000 and was only 11 inches. Toshiba and Samsung have already admitted to making these in sizes that are bigger than 11 inches.
Storage will getting cheaper and people will actually use it
This year, we saw gadgets that came with more internal storage, such as the High Definition camcorders. External hard drives are also getting cheaper. You can get a 1 terabyte drive for just over $100. Just a few years ago, that cost $1 million! A terabyte is enough to store approximately 5,000 entire books, so it should hold all the music and photos and videos for one family. Consumers are backing their data up more often and buying these drives, which is partially why the price is coming down.