CES 2008: a gadget review

As the final Tank Chair and Sony Rolly trundle out of CES, it's time for reflection. What was the most exciting future tech we saw? What gadget lesson

A suitcase full of free HDMI cables should help her recuperate, but less clear is the health of the HD-DVD format. Just before CES started, HD-DVD was dead. Then it wasn't. Then it was again, after Microsoft said it might be switching to Blu-ray. Either way, it's clear what Stuff readers want.

But back to gadgets. Apart from the format war, next-gen TVs were the big story across the acres of CES floor. Sony announced the first commercially available OLED screens and showed its stunning 4K prototype. And everyone was going wireless, with LG, Toshiba and Samsung announcing TVs that can stream hi-def without pesky cables.

Naturally, the 'world's biggest telly' record was broken again, this time by Panasonic's £50,000, 150in number, and Pioneer showed off its Ryvita-thin concept plasma.

The wireless theme extended to some nifty new home music systems too. The most attractive was B&W's Liberty (pictured above), which was joined by iRiver's Unit2 (go here for our hands-on video) and a Sonos-worrying new Squeezebox from Logitech.

Even phones, not traditionally a CES staple, were making headlines. Check out our hands-on videos of Motorola's new Z10 and ROKR E8, and swot up on LG's new mobile goddess, the Venus.

And what of the crazy, leftfield gizmos? Wowwee and Meccano both released enough robots to populate a large island, and Sony's Rolly impressed with its dance routines. But there's one thing we definitely want by the time we return next year: iShoes.