Thursday in CE: Lights Out as CES Loses Power During Event
Day 2 of CES 2018 was off to a great start in Las Vegas. A day after torrential downpours left many exhibitors and attendees soaking wet, the sun was out, the sky was blue, and the air was warm. Then, around 11:15 a.m. local time, the entire Central Hall and South Hall bridge meeting rooms went dark. CES 2018 lost power, and the #CESBlackout hashtag was born.
For two hours there was a lot of confusion as people wandered through the dark halls, using their cell phone flashlights to navigate the crowded corridors, attempting to avoid running into other people and the maze of booth structures.
It’s an ironic event for sure, considering this is not only the largest North American trade show, but one—obviously—focused on the consumer electronics industry. The thought of companies like Sony, Samsung, and LG losing power is laughable. But the situation itself was an incredibly dangerous one.
Z-Wave Alliance Dominated at CES with Impressive Showing
All things considered, catching up with Z-Wave Alliance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was very familiar to every other tradeshow they exhibited at over the past few years. Their booth is filled with smaller kiosks, populated with members showing their latest solutions. It feels like a show within a show, and it is an incredibly smart way to prove the application of the Z-Wave protocol. Instead of just talking about Z-Wave, they show just how relevant it is in the today's world.
Notably, this year's booth has moved into the dedicated Smart Home section of the Sands Casino, putting them right in the middle of the action at an enormous 5,000-square-foot booth filled with 35 members and their gear. They also have the Z-Wave Experience House that people are "not just coming to see product; we have live interoperability of our products," said Mitch Klein, Executive Director for Z-Wave Alliance.
"You can see live demo's of products all the time, but they are usually brand-specific," Klein said. "But at the Alliance booth, we are actually showing off an ecosystem and how you can have a choice of different products."
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