Media Day Offers Preview of Disruptive Technologies
While the IMTS Media Day was a media-only event held on Sunday, it covered some disruptive technologies that are now on display at IMTS 2016 in the Emerging Technology Center (ETC) in the North Building and at the IMTS Ride Experience in C Hall (head down the escalators as you enter the North Building).
At the ETC, which featured displays from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, presenters noted how 3D printing is compressing product development time. For example, a Willys Army Jeep replica was printed in only 24 hours, and a 3D printed, electric powered Shelby Cobra was built in entirely in six weeks.
At Local Motors, CEO Jay Rogers explained how the company is turning conventional business models on their head and re-thinking the potential of self-driving vehicles. The IMB Watson-equipped Olli not only interacts with passengers in a conversational language, Rogers also envisions a future where Olli can run errands (“Hey Olli, meet me at the corner of 5th and Main with my dry cleaning at 5:15 p.m.”).
Kicking off the event were Peter Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Business Development, AMT, and Douglas Woods, President, AMT. They took the opportunity to highlight some key numbers, such as this year’s record square-footage of more than 1.3 million, as well as number of exhibitors topping out at 2,407.