CES Bought To A Standstill After Massive Power Failure

CES Bought To A Standstill After Massive Power Failure

The power outage has apparently left some in the hall relatively unscathed.

On the second day of CES, at about 11:15 am, the lights flickered and went out in the massive Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center where the sprawling booths of Samsung, LG, Sony, Intel and hundreds more exhibits went dark.

Exhibitors have not yet put forward any complaints concerning damages caused by the power outage, nor has the show organizer officially mentioned a plan regarding the mishap.

The trade fair is marketed as the "world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies".

Day one's big stories were a shaken GoPro CEO, a royally pissed off Huawei executive and Las Vegas's utter lack of preparation for a rainstorm.

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And in a sign of the huge energy draw from the tech show, once the crowds were let back in, the return to full, blazing electronic glory was slow.

What happens to all those internet-connected refrigerators, robots and other devices when the power goes out? The Tesla booth appears to be making the most out of an unfortunate situation, and this violin player at the Intel booth seems to still be having an okay time. This resulted in attendees getting led out of the affected areas until power could be restored. Parts of the connector between Central and South Halls were also affected. Power was restored a little more than two hours later.

Update: CES has tweeted that there was "an isolated power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center".

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.

The irony of the incident was not lost on CES attendees and other social media users with the hashtag #CESBlackout quickly going viral.

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