Rossignol Harness Pant, photo from gearjunkie.
Another interesting idea came from Mad Rock at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Show. They had an adjustable smearing slope for people to try out Mad Rock shoes and compare their 'stickiness' to other brands. The test slab appears to be some kind of sand paper (could this have some effect on results?), but with just about every show maker claiming to have the stickiest rubber this seems to be a very clever way of cutting through the claims - it's hard to beat first hand experience.
The Mad Rock hands on friction test, photo from rockclimbing.com
Finally - a radical shoe design from Vibram, could this be the future for rock boots?
Photo from gearjunkie, where they have a review aswell.