Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Power cut pulls plug on massive gadget expo in Las Vegas

CES: Power cut at major Las Vegas electronics show UPDATE: The power's back on at CES
Frank Williams | 12 January, 2018, 17:20

CES 2018 lost power for two hours, literally.

The Consumer Technology Association issued a statement saying that Nevada Energy has addressed the cause of the problem, which resulted in an outage impacting the sprawling Central and South halls.

"There is an isolated power outage at the Las Vegas Convention Center".

And this wasn't even the first major mishap of the week - on Tuesday, the opening day of the show, heavy rains spoiled the unveiling of Google's massive outdoor booth.

Authorities were able to restore power within minutes of the report. We will continue to limit access to the LVCC until full power has been restored. "Again, thank you for your patience during this time", explained the CES Twitter account, at 4:20 p.m. EST. "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the ideal black of an #LGOLEDTV".

GM just introduced a self-driving vehicle without a steering wheel
For the past several years, automakers and tech companies have been testing self-driving cars on the roads of California. GM sees the announcement Friday as a significant step toward the widespread adoption of self-driving vehicle technology.

"Power goes out at CES?"

Despite being a convention dedicated to incredible (and sometimes very bizarre) upcoming technology, the Consumer Electronics Show is subject to power loss like anything else.

What happens to all those internet-connected refrigerators, robots and other devices when the power goes out? Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout".

Exhibitors have not yet put forward any complaints concerning damages caused by the power outage, nor has the show organizer officially mentioned a plan regarding the mishap. Parts of South and Central Halls, where numerous exhibitors are set up to showcase their products, have been thrown into darkness.

Many companies were forced to suspend their presentations and barred from conducting demos at the annual tech fair. Sony, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm and LG are among the companies with bigger booths in the convention center's Central Hall, the area that was most affected and evacuated during the blackout.

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