CES 2018: The future is now

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 14, 2018

The CES 2018 event experienced a blackout Wednesday, putting one of the world's largest displays of tech and electronic devices at a standstill for almost two hours. Access will be limited until power is fully restored.

"Today at approximately 11:15 a.m. PT, the Central Hall and South Hall bridge meeting rooms at the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power", CTA said in a joint statement with the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority and NV Energy.

An hour or more later the power is still out, and security have been forced to shut the doors of the show preventing people accessing the LVCC and for those inside the show already they are blocking access to the Central Hall.

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

The event is spread across multiple locations around Las Vegas, but the 3.2 million square foot convention center hosts the main attraction.

Thousands were evacuated from the CES tech show in Las Vegas.

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

It had been the city's first rainfall in 116 days, and had marked the wettest January day on record for the area, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper.

Officials said rainfall from a storm that hit the Valley on Tuesday, may have caused the outage.

Some publicists even tried to exploit the power outage. Any tech being shown off at the show that requires an outlet isn't operational. Initially, some folks seemed on edge-especially given past events in Las Vegas-but so far it just seems that the trade show finally succeeded in overloading the Las Vegas power grid.

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.

Intel posted a photo of a darkened hall of the show, with the caption, "Introducing Blackout™: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G".

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