CES 2018, An Event All About Consumer Electronics, Hit By Major Blackout

The convention, taking place right now in Las Vegas, is the largest gathering of electronics in the world and it includes a little bit of everything; medical equipment, incredibly cool TVs, a million different wireless charging pads, and more.

CES celebrated its 50th anniversary in June, but the show now unleashed on Las Vegas feels like a considerable milestone. "Does anyone have a battery pack?" wrote Endgadget, a technology news site.

It said: "Today at approximately 11.15am, the Central Hall and South Hall bridge meeting rooms at the Las Vegas Convention Centre lost power". Other areas took longer.

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"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", said a statement from the Consumer Technology Association, which runs the event. For more than an hour, the organizers reassured the waiting fans that the issue was being addressed as quickly as possible and that entrance will be restricted until the power is restored.

The first Sin City CES opened its doors 40 years ago, for starters, and the format switched from two shows every year (remember heading west in the winter and east in the summer?) to just Vegas 20 years ago.

Google employees used buckets to empty the water from the display. Indeed, it was raining in Las Vegas on January 8 and 9, a rare occurrence for a desert city. Ride hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft could not pick up passengers at the convention center, but operated from parking lots a block or more away.

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