CES Bought To A Standstill After Massive Power Failure

CES Bought To A Standstill After Massive Power Failure

A power outage brought a halt to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last night, plunging the tech expo into darkness for two hours.

Even tech giant Intel joined in on the fun.

"CES is over. You can all go home now", Fortune Magazine's tech editor Rachel King tweeted.

Day one's big stories were a shaken GoPro CEO, a royally pissed off Huawei executive and Las Vegas's utter lack of preparation for a rainstorm.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the organisers behind CES, blamed the glitch on the heavy rains the day before.

CES have announced online that "We've been informed by Nevada Power that the outage has been addressed and they are in the process of restoring power". Thankfully, this is CES, so there are plenty of folks on-hand to document the Central Hall evacuation and the freakish scene inside.

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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. It hosts close to 170,000 visitors with more than 4,000 display booths, CNBC reported.

With the show's biggest exhibitors inside the Central Hall this is a multi-million dollar outage on many levels. In the meantime, feel free to point out all of the applicable metaphors to the current state of the electronics industry.

After about an hour, only the south and north halls in the plaza were without power. So maybe Google's outdoor booth wasn't an entirely awful idea, after all. Access will be limited until power is fully restored. "If our extension cord went over there we'd be out of power".

Update 6:39pm CT, Jan. 10: The CES blackout was caused by "condensation from heavy rainfall" on a transformer at the Las Vegas Convention Center, convention authorities said in a statement Wednesday.

CES organizers said power was restored within minutes to the convention center's South Hall, where many gaming companies had exhibits. Security personnel evacuated attendees from the affected areas at the time.

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