Got batteries? Outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas

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It demonstrated the benefits of smart-home technology enabled by Google.

A major power outage hit CES Wednesday, leaving parts of the world's largest consumer electronics show in darkness. Playing both sides, Panasonic also showed how it is bringing Google Assistant technology to cars as well. The Consumer Technology Association is right there with you. The Consumer Electronics Show is due to continue until Saturday. Here you'll find many worldwide exhibitors as well as innovations in audio, drones, gaming, augmented and virtual reality, vehicle technology, video, wireless devices, wireless services, and digital imaging/photography. Microsoft pulled out of having a booth at CES several years ago. We didn't have smart cities.

"We lucked out", he said. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features technology from a wide array of industries.

TV maker LG's OLED Canyon display demo, with 246 OLED panels and more than 30 high-definition generators, took almost an hour to get back in full operation.

And in a sign of the huge energy draw from the tech show, once the crowds were let back in, the return to full, blazing electronic glory was slow.

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

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.

Artificially intelligence voice assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are expected to appear in more technologies at CES this year, like Schlage's Sense Smart Deadbolt to allow users to unlock doors on command.

Innovative modes of transport are also expected to play a big role in the show this year, from an electric auto created to seat just one person, the Solo from Canadian firm Electra Meccanica, to the world's smallest underwater scooter, the Sublue WhiteShark Mix.