NEW GADGETS FOR 2011: THE TABULA RASA IS IN

Those of you who haven’t bought an iPad yet will be glad to know that 80 similar tablets are in the works and expected to be available in the next few months.

The 10.1-inch Motorola Xoom (which will be out February 17 and cost $700 – $800) is one of these and got the most attention at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January because of its fast dual-core processor. It’s compatible with the fastest 4G cellular network, has front and back facing cameras for video chatting, and an HDMI-out port for connecting the tablet to a big-screen TV. Four tablets from Asus also got a lot of attention. We like the look of the Asus Slider, with its slide-out keyboard and the Transformer, with its docking station. Tablet prices will be all over the map, some similar to the iPad, some half as much, most using the Google Android operating system.

Asus Tablets

There are a lot of interesting new cameras announced for release in the next few months. Polaroid will offer sunglasses with a built-in camera. Other makers have video cameras built into goggles. We like the looks of the Casio Tryx. It has a handle that can double as a tripod or a hanger, so it can stand upright or be suspended from a nearby hook or tree. It has a 21-milimeter wide-angle lens and a 12.1 megapixel sensor; it captures still or video.

Casio Tryx

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