Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Power outage hits CES, social media mocks electronics show

Power outage at CES leaves parts of Las Vegas Convention Center in the dark CES: Power cut at major Las Vegas electronics show
Theresa Hayes | 12 January, 2018, 17:20

During the brief power outage, tweets about the event started trending with the hashtag #CESBlackout. A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers.

The rare blackout follows rains that had shuttered some events at the show, whose location in the Nevada desert usually offers visitors a respite from snow and frigid temperatures elsewhere in the country. This resulted in attendees getting led out of the affected areas until power could be restored.

In fact, it was raining so hard that Google had to shut down its giant playground-ish booth for a whole day, which was located outdoors. "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.

Authorities were able to restore power within minutes of the report.

Despite being a convention dedicated to incredible (and sometimes very bizarre) upcoming technology, the Consumer Electronics Show is subject to power loss like anything else.

That was enough to cut the power Wednesday, even though the sun had come out by then.

According to a statement from CES organizers, power went out at around 11:15 in the morning on January 10.

Rick Rohmer, a product engineer with electrical-systems specialist Legrand, said the power outage affected only part of a booth for Qi, a consortium of companies that make wireless chargers.

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. "If our extension cord went over there we'd be out of power".

Introducing Blackout™: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G. The blackout has impacted the convention center's North Hall, as well, leaving only the South Hall fully operational.