Major power outage hits CES, a consumer electronics show

Lloyd Doyle
January 13, 2018

Although South and North Hall appear to have power, there have been reports that the power outages briefly extended to other areas in Vegas, including nearby hotels.

With apologies to Alanis Morissette: "It's like rain on your wedding day; it's a blackout at a giant tech show".

The brightest minds in the world, but nobody thought to think that it can rain in Vegas...

In a statement, CES organiser, the Consumer Technology Association, blamed the outage on recent heavy rainfall which caused condensation on the venue's roof to short circuit one of the facility's transformers.

Even after the power was restored, companies had to go through the hassle of resetting devices on display - those connected wirelessly with each other, in particular. "No Problem. You can still dunk in the dark", continues to be heralded by many as a great example of real-time social media engagement.

Attendees took to Twitter to share images and poke fun at the eerily darkened convention space.

A robot by Avatarmind sits on display on opening day at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Nevada USA 09 January 2018
Major power outage hits CES, a consumer electronics show

Exhibitors have not yet put forward any complaints concerning damages caused by the power outage, nor has the show organizer officially mentioned a plan regarding the mishap.

CES attracts about 180,000 attendees and roughly 4,000 exhibitors. Intel tweeted, "Introducing Blackout TM: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G".

And in a sign of the huge energy draw from the tech show, once the crowds were let back in, the return to full, blazing electronic glory was slow.

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show was supposed to be that event where all the latest gadgets and gizmos are showed off by various companies.

Someone is having a bad day! Parts of the connector between Central and South Halls were also affected.

"I was on the Samsung tour getting a look at the booth, the power went off, and then immediately after that a generator kicked on, so some of the lights turned on", Tracy said.


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