CES Loses Power For 2 Hours, Maybe Make Electronics For That?

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Earlier today, CES 2018 experienced a blackout that lasted about two hours, leaving exhibitors and attendees literally in the dark.

Despite being a convention dedicated to incredible (and sometimes very bizarre) upcoming technology, the Consumer Electronics Show is subject to power loss like anything else. Without power, most of the companies exhibiting their new technologies on the show were not able to do anything during the blackout.

This is the first such outage in recent memory at an event that is expected to bring more than 180,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center to check out the latest technological innovations.

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Update 6:39pm CT, Jan. 10: The CES blackout was caused by "condensation from heavy rainfall" on a transformer at the Las Vegas Convention Center, convention authorities said in a statement Wednesday.

Public service announcements played over an intercom thanking attendees for their patience while the work to resolve the issue continued. It was raining in Las Vegas on Monday and Tuesday - rare for a desert city.

The power failure followed heavy rain on Tuesday, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths located in the LVCC's vehicle park.

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A major power outage has shut down the main exhibition area of CES in Las Vegas, tens of thousands of visitors were stranded.

"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.

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

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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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