Power goes out at the world's largest tech conference

Power goes out at the world's largest tech conference

Power goes out at the world's largest tech conference

The Consumer Electronics Show venue at the Las Vegas Convention Center is plunged into darkness after a power outrage Wednesday morning.

A preliminary assessment found that moisture from heavy rains on Tuesday had caused a "flashover" in one of the convention center's transformers, it said. The issue has reportedly been resolved and power is expected to be restored to the Central Hall in ~25 minutes.

The power failure came after heavy rain a day earlier, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths installed in the convention center's auto park. In a hilarious twist, the event lost power for nearly two hours, leading to some areas getting closed. "No Problem. You can still dunk in the dark", continues to be heralded by many as a great example of real-time social media engagement.

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CES is the world's largest consumers electronics event. "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the flawless black of an #LGOLEDTV".

A company with a smart sleep device called Aromarest began an email pitch by saying, "Having the lights go out, as they did today at CES, is one way to get some sleep".

The CTA also added, much less helpfully, "While we work through this isolated power outage feel free to visit our exhibitors in South Hall and North Hall".

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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.

Some false info. Event staffer #CES2018 who told me power was down in all halls at LVCC was wrong. Intel tweeted a photo of the darkened convention center with the caption, "Introducing Blackout: The biggest thing to hit CES 2018 since 5G". My colleague @jeffersongraham is inside South Hall here and says there is still power.

Young woman plays violin to entertain attendees at the Intel booth during #CES2018 blackout.

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