CES 2018: Tech's biggest show disrupted by blackout

Ivan Schwartz
January 13, 2018

The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)'s central hall went dark at around 11:20 local time (19:20 GMT).

Attendees managed to safely navigate their way around the convention center in the dark thanks to the light pouring in from in the windows and battery operated signs.

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.

The Consumer Technology Association issued a statement saying that Nevada Energy has addressed the cause of the problem, which resulted in an outage impacting the sprawling Central and South halls. Power in the South Hall was restored within minutes, and power has now been fully restored to all areas. Even Sophie the Robot, the world's first robot citizen, is causing a stir - tweeting at model Chrissy Teigen from CES, asking for makeup tips. Thousands of attendees were ushered out and security guards temporarily refused entry to parts of the convention center. Major brands that participated in this year's CES include Intel, Ford, LG, Samsung, and Sony. If you've never attended, you don't need much to make the most of CES-just some interesting new technology, a few good friends, and a healthy helping of Las Vegas showmanship.

The Consumer Electronics Show was shut down briefly due to a blackout.

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"We lucked out", he said. "The blackout is utterly nonsensical".

The official CES Twitter account weighed in on the madness.

Intel posted a photo of a darkened hall of the show, with the caption, "Introducing Blackout™: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G".

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".

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