On the second day of CES, at about 11:15 am, the lights flickered and went out in the massive Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center where the sprawling booths of Samsung, LG, Sony, Intel and hundreds more exhibits went dark.
In fact, it was raining so hard that Google had to shut down its giant playground-ish booth for a whole day, which was located outdoors.
The power failure followed heavy rain on Tuesday, which had forced Google to shut one of its booths located in the LVCC's auto park.
Some companies still managed to do demos on their charged laptops and other devices, while others, such as Samsung, had limited backup power. "Again, thank you for your patience during this time", explained the CES Twitter account, at 4:20 p.m. EST.
LG Electronics used the power cut to promote its OLED TV by saying, "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the ideal black of an #LGOLEDTV". Despite this, many have noted that power outage and the weather were not the only problems of CES 2018.
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. The cause of the power outage was not immediately known. Both large and smaller ones rely on the annual trade show to ink deals that will translate to cash months in the future; the blackout disrupted some of the product demos, panels and meetings key to those deals. Any tech being shown off at the show that requires an outlet isn't operational. Parts of the connector between Central and South Halls were also affected.
Others pointed at the irony of people being outraged at the loss of power in a convention center while people in Puerto Rico continued to live without electricity for four months and counting.
Introducing Blackout™: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G.
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