CES goes dark in the rain

Andrew Cummings
January 14, 2018

Considered the SuperBowl for global consumer electronics and consumer technology, The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, widely known as the International CES, is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Okay, how about every light bulb in the Las Vegas Convention Center?

The main hall was plunged into darkness for two hours, as people were evacuated and the robots just covered their eyes.

It is where tech companies unveil products many of us will use for decades, with 4,000 companies showing off everything from karaoke machines to the biggest TVs ever sold.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", wrote a statement from the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority, NV Energy and the Consumer Technology Association.

Practically everything at the CES was running on electricity and while the backup generator did kick in, which powered some booths, many areas were left in the dark. Some meeting rooms in the South Hall also lost power but was restored within minutes. Without power, most of the companies exhibiting their new technologies on the show were not able to do anything during the blackout. Event officials said they were still investigating how the power went out.

Even tech giant Intel joined in on the fun.

During the brief power outage, tweets about the event started trending with the hashtag #CESBlackout. Intel tweeted a photo of the darkened convention center with the caption, "Introducing Blackout: The biggest thing to hit CES 2018 since 5G".

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