Autos overshadow the gadgets at CES tech show in Las Vegas

Autos overshadow the gadgets at CES tech show in Las Vegas

The Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power Wednesday afternoon, shutting down booths and leaving thousands of exhibitors and press wandering around in darkness.

Thousands were evacuated from the CES tech show in Las Vegas. 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.

Technology brands including Intel and IBM have been quick to jump into the social conversation with a tongue-in-cheek brand approach after a blackout struck the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Record-breaking rains hit Las Vegas on Tuesday, leading to flooding and the closing of some major booths, including Google's.

Public service announcements played over an intercom thanking attendees for their patience while the work to resolve the issue continued. We are opening Central Hall.

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CES said in a statement that the outage was caused by "condensation from heavy rainfall" that sparked a flashover on one of the building's transformers. "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the flawless black of an #LGOLEDTV". Despite this, many have noted that power outage and the weather were not the only problems of CES 2018.

Twitter was soon flooded with photos and videos of the eerily darkened halls while some companies pounced on the opportunity to advertise their ware.

The power outrage, caused by an error with fairly rudimentary electronics, is ironic considering the wealth of next-generation technology exhibited throughout the event. Intel tweeted, "Introducing Blackout TM: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G".

They go on to say "We encourage you to visit other open show areas" - however the largest hall, with the biggest companies in it remains in the dark.

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