Top 10 vapourware picks of 2006

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

Die-hard technophiles are sometimes known to follow their passion with an ardour that can rival the most torrid of romances but what happens when that love leaves them scorned? Technology companies have been known to announce and tout products long before they launch to gauge and generate demand — if they launch at all.

Hyper-hyped tech toys that miss the mark on shipping to shops' shelves have earned the nickname "vapourware" for their elusive — and sometimes illusive — nature, which inspired the annual Wired News Vaporware Awards.

This year's Top 10 ranking for the dubious distinction is heavy on video games, which take four of the spots. In fact, software as a category dominates the list of ephemeral entries in '06, which — counting the games — earns the lion's share of derision with six slots in all, leaving hardware of all types counting just four phantoms.

What were you looking forward to getting your hands on over the last year that never materialized? Make your voice heard in the comments below.