CES unplugged: electronics show hit by power outage

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Large swaths of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center lost power at about 11:15 a.m. local time, shutting down brightly lit company booths and darkening rooms used by hundreds of journalists covering CES.

FROM folding smartphones and robotic cat doors to televisions larger, sharper, and smarter than those now in our homes, revolutionary technology is expected to emerge from the world's largest technology show this week.

But in addition to technology that might end up in your home, the show is also expected to host downright unusual devices, from a Harry Potter-style automated chess board to a one-person electric auto.

The Consumer Electronics Show is due to continue until Saturday. CES is the biggest tradeshow of its type in the world - an annual showcase of the next generation of technology and devices.

Sales of smart speakers are expected to almost double in the USA, to $3.8 billion, from past year according to Lesley Rohrbaugh and Steve Koenig, researchers with the Consumer Technology Association, which organises the annual CES trade event. We didn't have smart cities. This multi-hotel venue will feature the innovative power behind the industry's emerging technology, including revolutions in fitness and health, the Internet of Things, wearables, smart home, sensors and other high-growth technologies changing the world. "The most popular exhibits, however, are from our companies like Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics that display the most advanced technologies".

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But keen pundits will also be watching Samsung to see if it does unveil its first "foldable" smartphone, as tipped a year ago.

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.

One of the biggest battles at CES 2018 is set to be between Amazon and Google with both wanting to own the voice activation market.

"That market is not just heating up, it is a wildfire", Koenig said while discussing industry trends expected to play out at CES and globally in the coming year.

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