CES 2018: The tech show again has dearth of women


In an unprecedented turn, a major blackout happened during one of this year's biggest tech shows.

No expo in the world relies on power more than CES so it was particularly embarrassing when it was plunged into darkness yesterday.

The Las Vegas Convention Center, where CES is taking place, is now experiencing what event organizers are calling an "isolated power outage".

By the time, power returned at about 1 p.m., the crowds jamming the building's periphery exploded in applause. LG's formerly impressive Grand Canyon-style flexible OLED television installation did not reboot well, with many screens unable to receive a signal and others dimmed. Some meeting rooms in the South Hall also lost power but was restored within minutes.

The irony of the situation is very evident, of course - and amusing.

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As Bloomberg notes, even with all the next-level technology present at the CES, it would seem that the event was still not safe from the enemy of all electronics: a blackout. That's like going to Coachella and finding out all the musical instruments have been stolen.

After the lights slowly rolled back on, hundreds of attendees filed back into the convention center.

LG Electronics used the power cut to promote its OLED TV by saying, "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the flawless black of an #LGOLEDTV".

"A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flas hover on one of the facility's transformers", according to a statement from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

With apologies to Alanis Morissette: "It's like rain on your wedding day; it's a blackout at a giant tech show".