Power failure plunges CES into darkness


The Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest tech show in the world, hit a snag Wednesday when the lights went out in part of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leaving both techie humans and their robots in the dark. While power within the South Hall was restored minutes later, it took two hours to fully restore power in the Central Hall, with conference organisers confirming on Twitter at 1.09pm that power was slowly being rolled out in the Central Hall. Power was restored a little more than two hours later.

The power failure came after heavy rain a day earlier, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths installed in the convention center's vehicle park.

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

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.

In the meantime, attendees had been evacuated from the affected space, which hosts booths for LG, Samsung and Sony among others. Further reports indicate the organizer's of the technological show blamed the outage on a temporary glitch due to the heavy rains in Las Vegas. Nevada Energy is "in the process of testing and restoring power".

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Some companies still managed to do demos on their charged laptops and other devices, while others, such as Samsung, had limited backup power.

CES, celebrating its 51st birthday, has more exhibitors than ever this year - 4,000 from 150 countries.

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