Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Hey Google? Alexa? Somebody? Turn on the Lights at CES!

Hey Google? Alexa? Somebody? Turn on the Lights at CES!

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", said the Consumer Technology Association in a statement, an organization that holds the annual CES.

The Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power Wednesday afternoon, shutting down booths and leaving thousands of exhibitors and press wandering around in darkness.

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The power failure came after heavy rain a day earlier, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths installed in the convention center's auto park.

This is the first such outage in recent memory at an event that is expected to bring more than 180,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center to check out the latest technological innovations.

A robot by Avatarmind sits on display on opening day at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Nevada USA 09 January 2018
Hey Google? Alexa? Somebody? Turn on the Lights at CES!

UPDATE: Jan. 10, 2018, 11:20 p.m. PST The power is still out in the Central Hall and South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In the meantime, attendees had been evacuated from the affected space, which hosts booths for LG, Samsung and Sony among others.

A storm system that dumped more than half as much rain as the Las Vegas Valley saw all of a year ago also brought with it the wettest January day on record.

CES is "the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies", says the world's largest consumer tech show's website. "The blackout is utterly nonsensical". "Don't miss a moment with #HUAWEIMATE10Pro and its outstanding lowlight photography camera".

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