Got batteries? Power outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas

Got batteries? Power outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas

Got batteries? Power outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas

Most of its display was lit as hundreds of attendees passed by in the dark on their way to a brightly lit giant screen TV over the convention center's fully functioning South Hall.

Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas convention centre lost power at about 11:15am local time, including exhibitor booths and rooms used by journalists covering the event, reports The Guardian.

In an unprecedented turn, a major blackout happened during one of this year's biggest tech shows. 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. Initially, some folks seemed on edge-especially given past events in Las Vegas-but so far it just seems that the trade show finally succeeded in overloading the Las Vegas power grid.

The power failure followed heavy rain on Tuesday, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths located in the LVCC's vehicle park.

"We are working hard to restore this temporary power outage at the LVCC [Las Vegas Convention Center]".

CES said in a statement that the outage was caused by "condensation from heavy rainfall" that sparked a flashover on one of the building's transformers.

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

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While that phrase sounds like typical PR/marketing hyperbole, we are actually inclined to trust Samsung's diagnosis in this case. With Cinema Screen Samsung claims a brightness of about 500 nits, half that of its standard HDR TVs and lower than OLED.

The power outage wasn't the only mishap of the week.

CES attracts about 180,000 attendees and roughly 4,000 exhibitors.

The big story of this year's CES isn't smart assistants or autonomous cars.

TV maker LG's OLED Canyon display demo, with 246 OLED panels and more than 30 high-definition generators, took almost an hour to get back in full operation. "If our extension cord went over there we'd be out of power". Folks still leaving Central Hall and not let in.

After about an hour, only the south and north halls in the plaza were without power.

Young woman plays violin to entertain attendees at the Intel booth during #CES2018 blackout.

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