CES goes dark in the rain

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The convention, taking place right now in Las Vegas, is the largest gathering of electronics in the world and it includes a little bit of everything; medical equipment, incredibly cool TVs, a million different wireless charging pads, and more. "We will continue to restrict access until full power has been restored".

"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. We are opening Central Hall.

According to CNBC, an isolated power outage shut down the event at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 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.

CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, features nearly 4,000 exhibitors showcasing their newest consumer technologies.

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Sudden record-breaking downpours on Day One of CES was the first rain for Las Vegas in 116 days, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. While power within the South Hall was restored minutes later, it took two hours to fully restore power in the Central Hall, with conference organisers confirming on Twitter at 1.09pm that power was slowly being rolled out in the Central Hall.

The power outage wasn't the only mishap of the week. A company with a smart sleep device called Aromarest began an email pitch by saying, "Having the lights go out, as they did today at CES, is one way to get some sleep".

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. Without power, most of the companies exhibiting their new technologies on the show were not able to do anything during the blackout.

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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