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"We [science fiction writers] always wanted to believe in "private sector" space -- hucksters make better characters than a government does."
- Larry Niven

Poster TV  
  This display gives new meaning to the term "flat screen."  

This is a great insight; in 1977, the only "flat screens" existed in (rather expensive) digital watches.

Although today's large plasma and LCD TVs are at least an inch thick, that's still pretty thin. Why not pick one up today? You've got a while to wait for a poster TV.

She set up a screen: a television that unrolled like a poster. Another computer link, he guessed. She showed him pictures. Their vocabulary increased.

Her language was of no form he had ever heard about, but the screen and mechanical memory made it easy for them. Soon they were trading information.

From A World Out of Time, by Larry Niven.
Published by Random House in 1976
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Thin LCD screens are under development; your next PDA may roll up into a pen that you carry in your shirt pocket. However, there is a device that carries some of the impact of a poster TV. You may have seen these in the lobby of your local megaplex cinema: the Cine Plasma 4 Lobby Display system. It has a 50 inch diagonal "screen" in a 16 x 9 poster format that is actually inset rather than being mounted on the wall. It makes for a very striking display, particularly when placed next to standard posters. It would have been particularly nice to advertise the last Harry Potter movie!

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