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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Video Wallpaper  
  Very thin, large scale display.  

The central core of the parlor was an icosahedron of display devices, a tent of their best remaining video wallpaper. It was primitive and warmly communal at the same time. From all directions, his customers would look inward at shared views.
From A Deepness in the Sky, by Vernor Vinge.
Published by Not known in 1999
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Ezr's heads-up display went clear, and he was looking at the landers bulkheads. The wallpaper backup flickered on, but the video was some random emergency-procedures sequence.

Video wallpaper was also able to 'damp' its output if it became bright enough to cast shadows on other walls. Here's another bit:

Anne Reynolt slid in from the right, her form distorted by the perspective angle; that part of the wallpaper just couldn't handle 3-D.

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