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Power outage at CES lasts more than one hour

Power outage at CES lasts more than one hour

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", according to a statement from the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority, NV Energy and the Consumer Technology Association.

Each year, the annual Consumer Electronics Show showcases more than 3,900 exhibiting companies which include manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of technology delivery systems, consumer technology hardware, and content.

CNET reports that power failed in parts of the Las Vegas Convention Center's South and Central Halls on the second day of exhibitions. "We will continue to restrict access until full power has been restored".

The key themes already emerging are smart home, augmented and virtual reality, self-driving cars, eSports, smart cities, and startups from all areas of technology. Like always, companies are going to be showing off their fancy new sets that you'll be drooling about in January, but will have to wait until Black Friday so you can actually afford them. There was enough light from windows and battery powered signs to safely walk around. There was power in the show lobby.

CES have announced online that "We've been informed by Nevada Power that the outage has been addressed and they are in the process of restoring power".

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But he questioned the strategic logic of antagonizing the Trump administration in the midst of NAFTA talks. Trump amid NAFTA talks: If you kill the deal, this is how Canada will fight you in trade disputes.

"We lucked out", he said.

Wiltronic Corp., a computer and smart home device maker, did demos in the dark, thanks to charged laptops and tablets. At the Convention Center, some people are reportedly unable to retrieve their phones from charging towers where you lock your device in. It will be a prime focus of announcements from companies including Ericsson, Intel and Qualcomm.

As one would expect at an event filled with tech enthusiasts, plenty of pictures and videos of the eerily darkened scene hit Twitter during the outage, with the hashtag #CESBlackout quickly becoming a top trending topic. For the first time in several years, Google has planted the flag at CES with a large booth of its own, which GBH Insights research chief Daniel Ives attributes to the growing importance of software that can be used to manage other internet-connected devices.

"How the hell do you lose electricity at an electronics show?" said James.


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