Major power outage hits CES, a consumer electronics show

Major power outage hits CES, a consumer electronics show

The Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest tech show in the world, hit a snag Wednesday when the lights went out in part of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leaving both techie humans and their robots in the dark.

CES organizers said it was an "isolated" outage and crews were working to restore power.

The likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, Hisense and Intel have had their exhibits shut down with millions of dollars in TVs and home appliances literally switched off.

The trade fair is marketed as the "world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies".

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

Evan also says some manufacturers are expressing concern over the security of their products; many of which are prototypes, concepts, or new releases that won't be officially available until later this year.

Even after the power was restored, companies had to go through the hassle of resetting devices on display - those connected wirelessly with each other, in particular.

The blackout in the Las Vegas Convention Centre's Central and South Hall bridge meeting rooms occurred at approximately 11.13am local (Pacific) time on the second day of the show.

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".

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flas hover on one of the facility's transformers", according to a statement from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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

Regardless of the difficulties that the annual convention seems to be facing this year, companies and tech giants continue to be thrilled with the overall theme, with smart lights and speakers soaring to popularity.

Attendees at the show posted about the outage on social media. Power was restored a little more than two hours later.