Lights out at CES 2018

Leigh Mccormick
January 13, 2018

Daily Dot technology reporter Phillip Tracy was on site at the Las Vegas Convention Center when it happened. Parts of the connector between Central and South Halls were also affected. 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. Without power, most of the companies exhibiting their new technologies on the show were not able to do anything during the blackout.

The Consumer Electronics Association, host of CES, acknowledged the outage.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", the CTA, Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority and NV Energy - which provides electricity to the Las Vegas Convention Center - said in a joint statement. We will continue to limit access to the LVCC until full power has been restored. Again, thank you for your patience during this time.

And this wasn't even the first major mishap of the week - on Tuesday, the opening day of the show, heavy rains spoiled the unveiling of Google's massive outdoor booth.

Of course, the highly unusual, and ironic, event prompted plenty of people and brands to light up Twitter with jokes about the #CESBlackout2018.

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The blackout sparked lots of amusing reactions on social media.

This year's CES is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors, has 4000 exhibitors and runs from 9 to 12 January 2018.

Introducing Blackout™: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G.

What happens to all those internet-connected refrigerators, robots and other devices when the power goes out?

At least one display remained operational during the blackout: Energizer.

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