Blackout at CES? Try turning it off and on again

A power outage left parts of CES in the dark.               CNET

A power outage left parts of CES in the dark. CNET

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

Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas convention centre lost power at about 11:15am local time, including exhibitor booths and rooms used by journalists covering the event, reports The Guardian. The power outrage, caused by an error with fairly rudimentary electronics, is ironic considering the wealth of next-generation technology exhibited throughout the event.

Electronics like TVs stayed off. Samsung quickly filed the tour group out of its booth and then blocked it off. Power in the South Hall was restored within minutes, and power has now been fully restored to all areas.

Others pointed at the irony of people being outraged at the loss of power in a convention center while people in Puerto Rico continued to live without electricity for four months and counting. But for most, the blackout meant a complete stop in showing off the latest and greatest in tech gadgets, and attendees were asked to evacuate.

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Some freakish technology has been demonstrated so far, including robot strippers and house-cleaning robots.

Hopefully it won't be long before CES staff can identify the source of the issue and get the lights back on at the world's biggest technology conference.

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", the CTA's statement reads.

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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