SPECIAL REPORT: WINNERS & LOSERS VII

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Again we cast flowers and stones at a wide selection of
well- and poorly conceived technology projects, all due for
major milestones in the coming year.

 


Winner: Computing

Google’s Chrome operating system will capitalize on the promise of the netbook.
By Sally Adee


Loser: Automotive

chevy volt

The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car is imaginative, daring, and superb, but uneconomical.
By Philip E. Ross


Winner: Transportation

russian railways globe

IBM helps Russian Railways reinvent the railroad’s data infrastructure.
By Sandra Upson


Loser: Computing

d-wave systemsD-Wave Systems’ quantum computers won’t outperform ordinary ones.
By Erico Guizzo

 

 

pixel qiWinner:
Computing

Pixel Qi’s dual-mode screen provides both e-paper readability and full-color video. By Joshua J. Romero


cellulosic ethanol mapLoser:
Energy

Cellulosic ethanol— “grassoline”—is an environmental threat rather than a panacea.
By David Schneider


Winner: Lasers

nanoGaN
NanoGaN’s gallium nitride substrates will help manufacturers make better lasers.
By Richard Stevenson


nano uvLoser:
Lithography

NanoUV’s extreme ultraviolet light source is revolutionary, but that won’t entice chipmakers to use it.
By Anne-Marie Corley

 

mobile cpuWinner:
Mobile CPU

Intrinsity's hot-rodded processor gives cellphones PC smarts.
By Mark Anderson

 


Loser: Security

biometric system

Airport security screening will go a lot faster with a new biometric system that reads passengers’ minds. 
By Steven Cherry & Anne-Marie Corley


you tell usYou Tell Us

Winners or losers? We leave it up to you to give these six items the thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
By Willie D. Jones

 


Where Are They Now?

where are they nowSLIDESHOW We took a walk down memory lane to see what's happened to our hand-picked winners and losers.