Can't Stop the Global Innovation at CES 2018

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 14, 2018

Heavy rainfall was to blame for the power outage that impacted the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Wednesday, according to officials with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "We are working with the power company to restore power as soon as possible".

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

The CES global trade show that seeks to extol the wonders of our connected world just illustrated a big Achilles' heel: Without electricity, not much happens.

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. CNET senior producer Mariel Myers tweeted a photo showing that the Samsung booth was still running, adding that the company had their own private power service.

The Consumer Technology Association, which runs the event, has thanked visitors for their patience.

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Sudden record-breaking downpours on Day One of CES was the first rain for Las Vegas in 116 days, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

As one would expect at an event filled with tech enthusiasts, plenty of pictures and videos of the eerily darkened scene hit Twitter during the outage, with the hashtag #CESBlackout quickly becoming a top trending topic.

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. Despite this, many have noted that power outage and the weather were not the only problems of CES 2018.

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. Most of its display was lit as hundreds of attendees passed by in the dark on their way to a brightly lit giant screen TV over South Hall. A blackout during a show about consumer electronics? "If our extension cord went over there we'd be out of power".

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