CES 2018: The future is now

For an event that showcases the latest and greatest of technological advances, a power outage is all it takes to bring all of it down to earth.

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

The rare blackout follows rains that had shuttered some events at the show, whose location in the Nevada desert usually offers visitors a respite from snow and frigid temperatures elsewhere in the country.

Good going, Google kids!#CES. This resulted in attendees getting led out of the affected areas until power could be restored.

An hour or more later the power is still out, and security have been forced to shut the doors of the show preventing people accessing the LVCC and for those inside the show already they are blocking access to the Central Hall.

Authorities were able to restore power within minutes of the report.

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In a statement, CES organiser, the Consumer Technology Association, blamed the outage on recent heavy rainfall which caused condensation on the venue's roof to short circuit one of the facility's transformers. Thanks for your continued patience.

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. In a hilarious twist, the event lost power for nearly two hours, leading to some areas getting closed. Intel had a tongue-in-cheek announcement for a product called "Blackout".

And in a sign of the huge energy draw from the tech show, once the crowds were let back in, the return to full, blazing electronic glory was slow. There's nothing more tragic than rows upon rows of blackened 4K HD TV displays.

The trade fair is marketed as the "world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies".

Someone is having a bad day! Intel tweeted, "Introducing Blackout TM: The biggest thing to hit #CES2018 since #5G".

Earlier today, CES 2018 experienced a blackout that lasted about two hours, leaving exhibitors and attendees literally in the dark.

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