Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Tech brands get creative with social media during CES 2018 blackout

Tech brands get creative with social media during CES 2018 blackout

CES said in a statement that the outage was caused by "condensation from heavy rainfall" that sparked a flashover on one of the building's transformers.

Some meeting rooms in South Hall also lost power. It was raining in Las Vegas on Monday and Tuesday - rare for a desert city. Access will be limited until power is fully restored.

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.

Public service announcements played over an intercom thanking attendees for their patience while the work to resolve the issue continued.

CES is the largest consumer electronics show in the world, attracting about 184,000 attendees and more than 4,000 exhibitors.

Batteries and motors are getting smaller and more powerful, making electric scooters and even single-wheeled devices good for all day use over many miles.

According to a statement from CES organizers, power went out at around 11:15 in the morning on January 10. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout".

Power was partially restored around 1 p.m. crews from Nevada Energy worked to restore power to the remaining areas in the dark.

Many companies were forced to suspend their presentations and barred from conducting demos at the annual tech fair. For an event that showcases the latest and greatest of technological advances, a power outage is all it takes to bring all of it down to earth.

Some false info. Event staffer #CES2018 who told me power was down in all halls at LVCC was wrong.

After about an hour, only the south and north halls in the plaza were without power. Intel tweeted a photo of the darkened convention center with the caption, "Introducing Blackout: The biggest thing to hit CES 2018 since 5G".

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