Power was restored to the convention center after two hours.
Power outage causes attendees to evacuate Central Hall at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 2018.
One of the biggest technology expositions of the year has experienced a very ironic power outage when the lights went out at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
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. This resulted in attendees getting led out of the affected areas until power could be restored. Thanks for your continued patience. According to them, a preliminary investigation revealed that there was moisture in one of the center's transformers, which was caused by the heavy rains that poured in Las Vegas.
Technology brands including Intel, IBM, ISPN and Texas Instruments were quick to jump onto the #CESblackout hashtag, with many taking a cheeky communications approach to the situation.
What happens to all those internet-connected refrigerators, robots and other devices when the power goes out? The cause of the power outage was not immediately known. Both large and smaller ones rely on the annual trade show to ink deals that will translate to cash months in the future; the blackout disrupted some of the product demos, panels and meetings key to those deals. Further reports indicate the organizer's of the technological show blamed the outage on a temporary glitch due to the heavy rains in Las Vegas. Any tech being shown off at the show that requires an outlet isn't operational.
CES attendees posted images on social media of the blackout, with one sharing a video of a woman playing a violin to entertain guests at the Intel booth. At around 11.15am local time there was a power surge noticed in the North Hall of the LVCC and at the same time power went out in the main Central Hall.