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Electronics extravaganza in Las Vegas suffers power outage

Electronics extravaganza in Las Vegas suffers power outage

Cybersecurity will again be at the forefront of CES as the consumer technology industry expects to hit records sales of $351 billion in revenue in the U.S.in 2018.

The CES global trade show that seeks to extol the wonders of our connected world just illustrated a big Achilles' heel: Without electricity, not much happens.

The Consumer Electronics Show lost its electrics shortly after 6am AEDT time, during the show's busiest hours, shutting down parts of the Las Vegas Convention Centre, including Central Hall where the show's biggest exhibits are located.

Companies affected by the outage included LG, Samsung and Sony, The Verge reports, along with tech start-up firms that "paid thousands of dollars to have a presence on the massive show floor". Indeed, it was raining in Las Vegas on January 8 and 9, a rare occurrence for a desert city.

A few of the most exciting items Business Insider saw coming out of CES this year included the $4,000 Peloton Tread, a high-end treadmill, Samsung's QLED displays, the Skagen's Falster smartwatch, which runs Android Wear 2.0, and Google's smartwatch operating system. 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. "No Problem. You can still dunk in the dark", continues to be heralded by many as a great example of real-time social media engagement.

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Of course, the highly unusual, and ironic, event prompted plenty of people and brands to light up Twitter with jokes about the #CESBlackout2018.

The lights went out at around 11:13AM PST after over an inch of rain fell in Las Vegas, causing flash flooding across the city.

And in a sign of the huge energy draw from the tech show, once the crowds were let back in, the return to full, blazing electronic glory was slow. Event officials said they were still investigating how the power went out. My colleague @jeffersongraham is inside South Hall here and says there is still power.

At Intel's booth, a woman played the violin to entertain the attendees caught in the dark.


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