Blackout at CES? Try turning it off and on again

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The power went out at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday. David Becker Stringer

The first Sin City CES opened its doors 40 years ago, for starters, and the format switched from two shows every year (remember heading west in the winter and east in the summer?) to just Vegas 20 years ago.

Practically everything at the CES was running on electricity and while the backup generator did kick in, which powered some booths, many areas were left in the dark.

A major power outage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas on Wednesday (10 January), left the world's largest annual consumer tech trade show in the dark for almost two hours.

Regardless of the difficulties that the annual convention seems to be facing this year, companies and tech giants continue to be thrilled with the overall theme, with smart lights and speakers soaring to popularity. Organisers blamed an earlier downpour.

The blackout in the Las Vegas Convention Centre's Central and South Hall bridge meeting rooms occurred at approximately 11.13am local (Pacific) time on the second day of the show.

Update 6:39pm CT, Jan. 10: The CES blackout was caused by "condensation from heavy rainfall" on a transformer at the Las Vegas Convention Center, convention authorities said in a statement Wednesday.

L O L! Intel, Sony and OREO even got in on the fun and chose to let some tweets fly in light of the situation.

Meanwhile, Canon capitalized on the opportunity to demonstrate their camera's low-light shooting capability.

This year's CES is expected to attract more than 180,000 visitors, has 4000 exhibitors and runs from 9 to 12 January 2018. A few wise-guys conjectured that it happened because someone said, "Alexa, turn off the lights".

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