In the world of gadgets, expect 2011 to be all about the tablet computer.

In the world of gadgets, expect 2011 to be all about the tablet computer.

You've probably heard about the Samsung Galaxy and Motorola's soon-to-be-released Xoom. During the year, more than 80 tablet devices will be released by enTourage, Huawei, Toshiba, HP, Lenovo and Velocity Micro, just to name a few.

But the iPad is still the big dog. And for now at least, iPad accessories are seemingly everywhere.

Brookstone (stores at Easton, Polaris and Tuttle Crossing) proclaims, "We're mad for iPad" on its website. The company features about two dozen different keyboards, cases, stands, chargers, speakers and dock accessories that cost anywhere from $20 to $200.

If you have an iPad and use it for hours at a time, there are two more accessories that should be of particular interest.


TabGrip ($40 at tabgrip.com) offers four contoured grips and adjustable stands that pretty much let you hold or position your tablet any way you'd like. The TabGrip makes gaming, typing, watching movies, reading or surfing the web easier and more comfortable.


Or try FreeOneHand ($40 at freeonehand.com), a surprisingly comfortable way to handle your iPad for long periods of time. It's essentially the handle that Apple should have included with the tablet.

You can grip it, let it rest between your fingers or have it serve as a stand if you lay it on a desk. Either way, you have at least one hand free to navigate the tablet's touch screen or, say, sip a slushie.

What happened in Vegas


Sony is betting that consumers will want 3D video. In April they'll start selling the Sony Bloggie 3D ($250), a pocket-sized 3D video camera that premiered at January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Bloggie sports a pair of lenses and image sensors to capture 3D and 2D high-definition MP4 video as well as photos.

Without wearing special glasses, you'll be able to see your 3D videos on the camera's 2.4-inch LCD screen, or you can slip on some specs and watch it on any 3D-capable HDTV.

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