Blackout at CES? Try turning it off and on again

Gladys Abbott
January 13, 2018

UPDATE: Jan. 10, 2018, 12:20 p.m. PST One hour later, and the power is still out in the Central Hall and South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas convention centre lost power at about 11:15am local time, including exhibitor booths and rooms used by journalists covering the event, reports The Guardian.

The CES global trade show that seeks to extol the wonders of our connected world just illustrated a big Achilles' heel: Without electricity, not much happens. Those meetings could take place eventually if companies have the flexibility to reschedule, but the outage will likely impact exhibitors' schedules for the duration of CES. Without power, most of the companies exhibiting their new technologies on the show were not able to do anything during the blackout.

An hour or more later the power is still out, and security have been forced to shut the doors of the show preventing people accessing the LVCC and for those inside the show already they are blocking access to the Central Hall.

The power outage wasn't the only mishap of the week. The issue has reportedly been resolved and power is expected to be restored to the Central Hall in ~25 minutes.

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LG Electronics used the power cut to promote its OLED TV by saying, "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the ideal black of an #LGOLEDTV". Any tech being shown off at the show that requires an outlet isn't operational.

CES sprawls across many venues close to the Las Vegas Strip, and the CTA had highlighted that majority had been unaffected.

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.

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Intel posted a photo of a darkened hall of the show, with the caption, "Introducing Blackout™: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G".

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