Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Power outage at CES lasts more than one hour

Power outage at CES lasts more than one hour

It also encouraged attendees to "get outside on this attractive Las Vegas day". And the more socially conscious pointed out the hypocrisy of being bent out of shape over a brief blackout at CES when an entire territory of the United States has been without power for months... But the situation itself was an incredibly risky one.

Guests and exhibitors were surprised when the power went out at the Las Vegas Convention center shortly after 11 a.m. on the second day of the CES. Nevada Energy is "in the process of testing and restoring power".

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", the statement read. CES Attendees wait outside Central Hall after the power went out on Wednesday, Jan. 10. "We are working hard to resolve this and appreciate your patience". Some companies and attendees had a sense of humor about the situation, and took to Twitter using the hashtag #CESBlackout to compete for funniest blackout tweet. At the time, of course, demos that were underway, meetings that had been scheduled, and business that might otherwise have been conducted was all put on hold-and stayed on hold for two hours.

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In the moment, the power outage was truly a surreal event and unlike anything I've experienced at a trade show, let alone one of this size.

Not all technology at the show immediately came back to life, however.

CES organisers said power was restored within minutes to the convention centre's South Hall, where many gaming companies had exhibits.

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