The Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest tech show in the world, hit a snag Wednesday when the lights went out in part of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leaving both techie humans and their robots in the dark. Emergency lights stayed on, and backup batteries kept wireless internet connections functioning. 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.
"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the facility's transformers", wrote a statement from the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority, NV Energy and the Consumer Technology Association.
During the blackout, Roadshow editor in chief Tim Stevens tweeted that the lights also flickered at a hotel where he was on the other side of town. Even still, at least the power was restored shortly thereafter.
Power and rain are not the only challenges CES has faced this year.
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.
Google employees used buckets to empty the water from the display. Ride hailing companies such as Uber and could not pick up passengers at the convention center, but operated from parking lots a block or more away. Download The for your device.
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