Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

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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. Power was fully restored at 2:10 p.m., as was shared by the organizers of CES 2018.

The Consumer Electronics Show lost its electrics shortly after 6am AEDT time, during the show's busiest hours, shutting down parts of the Las Vegas Convention Centre, including Central Hall where the show's biggest exhibits are located.

The power outage is the first for the trade show, according to Jeremy Handle, a spokesperson with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, features nearly 4,000 exhibitors showcasing their newest consumer technologies.

Companies affected by the outage included LG, Samsung and Sony, The Verge reports, along with tech start-up firms that "paid thousands of dollars to have a presence on the massive show floor". Thanks for your continued patience.


After close to two hours without power, electricity was restored and the areas that had been evacuated reopened.

Heavy rainfall caused the rare power interruption, as Las Vegas experienced an unusually heavy downpour that also caused flooding in some of the booths at the CES, including Google's.

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. Event officials said they were still investigating how the power went out. The cause of the power outage was not immediately known. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout".

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the organisers behind CES, blamed the glitch on the heavy rains the day before. Any tech being shown off at the show that requires an outlet isn't operational. 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 South Hall.

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