Thousands of people attending the world's biggest consumer technology show got a chance to test the battery life of the latest gadgets Wednesday when some showrooms and hallways went dark inside the vast Las Vegas Convention Center. We will continue to limit access to the LVCC until full power has been restored. The thought of companies like Sony, Samsung, and LG losing power is laughable.
One convention center employee who asked not to be identified said he has worked at CES for 10 years and had never seen anything like this outage. The issue has reportedly been resolved and power is expected to be restored to the Central Hall in ~25 minutes.
It's an ironic event for sure, considering this is not only the largest North American trade show, but one-obviously-focused on the consumer electronics industry. LG, which has been working on a folding TV for years, has the solution: A giant 4K TV that rolls up like a newspaper and only displays as much screen as you actually need at any given time.
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.
As Bloomberg notes, even with all the next-level technology present at the CES, it would seem that the event was still not safe from the enemy of all electronics: a blackout.
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The power outage has apparently left some in the hall relatively unscathed.
That was enough to cut the power Wednesday, even though the sun had come out by then.
TV maker LG's OLED Canyon display demo, with 246 OLED panels and more than 30 high-definition generators, took almost an hour to get back in full operation. The power went out in the central hall of #CES2018! Folks still leaving Central Hall and not let in.
Others had humorous takes, with Intel's account calling it the "the biggest thing to hit CES since 5G".
At Intel's booth, a woman played the violin to entertain the attendees caught in the dark.