On what was a packed day on the bustling CES showfloor, the massive consumer electronics show, a power blackout occurred at the Las Vegas Convention Center impacting meeting rooms in the North and South Halls for approximately two hours. Access will be limited until power is fully restored.
In a joint statement the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority, NV Energy and Consumer Technology Association (CTA), said condensation from yesterday's rain was what led to the outage. Despite this, many have noted that power outage and the weather were not the only problems of CES 2018.
CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, features nearly 4,000 exhibitors showcasing their newest consumer technologies. The power outrage, caused by an error with fairly rudimentary electronics, is ironic considering the wealth of next-generation technology exhibited throughout the event.
But the tech with perhaps the most potential and anticipation will not even launch here for a year or more, 5G wireless internet.
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Initial reports indicated that Tuesday's downpour affected the LVCC transformers and also the back-up generators; officials continue to investigate the cause for the blackout.
The irony of the incident was not lost on CES attendees and other social media users with the hashtag #CESBlackout quickly going viral.
LG Electronics used the power cut to promote its OLED TV by saying, "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the ideal black of an #LGOLEDTV". "Don't miss a moment with #HUAWEIMATE10Pro and its outstanding lowlight photography camera".