CES Day 3 recap: Power goes out at world’s biggest tech show while human-like robots draw attention

LAS VEGAS — The big topic of discussion at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday was not so much about future gadgets and products, but rather a more basic technology: electricity.

A power outage caused by heavy rainfall from a day prior turned the Las Vegas Convention Center into darkness for two hours on Wednesday as several major exhibitors like Samsung, LG and Panasonic had to shut down their booths.

Lights out at CES. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy)

The outage was ironic, given CES’ status as one of the world’s biggest technology conferences, and it wasn’t even the first major mishap of the week — on Tuesday, the opening day of the show, heavy rains spoiled the unveiling of Google’s massive outdoor booth.

Aside from the electrical slip, we spent our third day at CES hearing from top tech execs and learning about more geeky gadgets. You can follow all of our coverage from CES here. Here’s a recap of the news so far:

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