From vintage cell phones to groundbreaking robots, show offers an entertaining look at high-tech.

Charles Murray

June 19, 2017

15 Slides

More than 9,000 engineers and executives descended on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City this week to attend six contiguous engineering shows, including Atlantic Design & Manufacturing. The shows, kicked off by a live question-and-answer session with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, spotlighted industry's biggest mega-trends, including 3D printing and smart manufacturing.

Here we offer a peek at some of the shows’ most innovative and unusual displays, ranging from a vintage Thomas Edison phonograph to a 250-lb, smoke-belching battlebot. Flip through the following slides to see what happened in New York last week.   

Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 33 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and autos.

About the Author(s)

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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