Consumer Electronics Show that seeks to extol the wonders of the tech world has illustrated a big Achilles’ heel: the power went down in the main hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center for around two hours. The CES 2018 power outage left thousands of vendors and visitors in the dark. The darkened hall houses booths from some of the biggest tech companies, including Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, and Intel.
The major power outage hits CES for nearly two hours. First reports of the CES 2018 power outage started hitting Twitter around 11.14AM PT. The blackout was restored shortly after 1.00PM PT.
The power outage follows rain that shattered some events at the tech show. Record-breaking rain hit Las Vegas, leading to flood and the closing of some booths of the major tech companies including Google.
After around two hours of the blackout, electricity was restored and the abandoned areas were reopened. As expected from an event crowded with tech buffs, numerous photos and videos of the jarringly darkened scene hit Twitter during the CES 2018 power outage, making #CESBlackout a top trending topic.
However, some publicists even endeavored to exploit the power cut. A company with a smart sleep device namely Aromarest started an email pitch by saying that, “Having the lights go out, as they did today at CES, is one way to get some sleep.”
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The Customer Electronics Show catches the attention of nearly 180,000 attendees and roughly 4,000 exhibitors. Whether it’s a smaller company or a large one, it counts on the annual trade show to ink deals that will translate into cash in future. However, the blackout interrupted some of the product demos, panels as well as meeting keys to those deals.
When the lights went out, some attendees turned on their smartphones to light the way as they continued to explore innovative tech products at the exhibitor booths. However, security closed the entrances to the Center and North Halls, declining to let any attendees enter the building.
In consequence of the CES 2018 power outage, traffic crawled on Las Vegas’ streets as thousands of attendees shuttled between conference venues and hotels in heavy rain. Long lines formed at the convention center for cabs. Various ride-hailing services such as Lyft and Uber were unable to pick up passengers from the convention center.
Regarding the power cut, the organization CTA that puts on CES said,
“A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility’s transformers.”
The CES 2018 power outage not only impacted leading tech giants like Samsung, Sony, and LG, but it also comes as a nightmare for small startups that paid thousands of dollars to have a presence on the gigantic show floor. This year’s tech show appears to be marked by more chaos than usual.
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