CES unplugged: electronics show hit by power outage

The newest generation of the Aibo robot which uses artificial intelligences is demonstrated on the eve of CES in Las Vegas

The newest generation of the Aibo robot which uses artificial intelligences is demonstrated on the eve of CES in Las Vegas

A major power outage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas on Wednesday (10 January), left the world's largest annual consumer tech trade show in the dark for almost two hours.

Regardless of the difficulties that the annual convention seems to be facing this year, companies and tech giants continue to be thrilled with the overall theme, with smart lights and speakers soaring to popularity.

The CES logo is seen during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A power outage left parts of CES in the dark. It added that it was "working hard to resolve this and appreciate your patience". Thankfully, this is CES, so there are plenty of folks on-hand to document the Central Hall evacuation and the freaky scene inside.

"After coming to CES for so many years with all of the power draw that this show puts on, I was surprised that happened because it's never happened before to my knowledge", says Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing for LG Electronics USA. It hosts close to 170,000 visitors with more than 4,000 display booths, CNBC reported.

The blackout sparked lots of amusing reactions on social media. In the meantime, feel free to point out all of the applicable metaphors to the current state of the electronics industry. The blackout has impacted the convention center's North Hall, as well, leaving only the South Hall fully operational.

(12:45PM PT) NV Energy is on the case. Even still, at least the power was restored shortly thereafter. "If our extension cord went over there we'd be out of power". Power was restored a little more than two hours later.

CES said in a statement that the outage was caused by "condensation from heavy rainfall" that sparked a flashover on one of the building's transformers.

According to CNBC, an isolated power outage shut down the event at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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