The world's most high-tech show was plunged into darkness for almost two hours Wednesday morning local time due to the unusual level of rainfall the day before. Power in the South Hall was restored within minutes, and power has now been fully restored to all areas.
With the show's biggest exhibitors inside the Central Hall this is a multi-million dollar outage on many levels.
In fact, it was raining so hard that Google had to shut down its giant playground-ish booth for a whole day, which was located outdoors.
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. "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the flawless black of an #LGOLEDTV".
"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", the Verge quotes the Consumer Technology Association by way of an explanation.
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Attendees took to Twitter to share images and poke fun at the eerily darkened convention space. The cause of the power outage was not immediately known. The glittering lights, the myriad laptops, the enormous TVs-they all went dark.
CES attracts about 180,000 attendees and roughly 4,000 exhibitors. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout". Any tech being shown off at the show that requires an outlet isn't operational.
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.
A blackout during a show about consumer electronics?
Someone is having a bad day! At around 11.15am local time there was a power surge noticed in the North Hall of the LVCC and at the same time power went out in the main Central Hall.
What happens to all those internet-connected refrigerators, robots and other devices when the power goes out? My colleague @jeffersongraham is inside South Hall here and says there is still power.