If you’ve been keeping up with the technological world in the past couple of weeks, you have probably heard about CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) that is happening this Thursday-Sunday in Las Vegas. This show is great because it announces the new ideas and products that various electronics companies will be launching in 2011.

If you are an electronics fanatic, this is your week.

This year’s CES is rumored to be larger than last year, with many companies needing the exposure to show off their new gadgets. Last year’s launch of Apple’s iPad has lit the fire under a lot of competing companies to make a tablet of their own, many of them to be announced this week.

Vizio just leaked that they will be unveiling their new Android smartphone and tablet at CES. Why try an Android when Apple has already been selling the iPad for a year now? Well, we aren’t clear on that, yet… but more details will be available at this show.

Strangely enough, however, it looks as if Apple, the newly named leader in technology, will be missing out this year.

Maybe Apple feels like they don’t need to be there because they have been the innovators for a lot of our current electronics. Maybe they feel that they can stand alone without CES.

My guess is: they would probably be right.