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"I'm strictly an ivory-tower person. I can explain things but I can't do things."
- Isaac Asimov

Blaupunkt Holostage  
  A three-dimensional tabletop display.  

This is another use of the idea of a 3D display.

Behind him, under the laser light of a Blaupunkt holostage, people a foot high chattered about the war in Thailand and how lucky the United States had been to escape another Vietnam.
From Snake-Eyes, by Tom Maddox.
Published by Omni Publications in 1986
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Compare this to the notion of a stereo tank, from a 1961 novel by Robert Heinlein. The idea of a table-top display is available in real (as opposed to fictional) form in the Toshiba Flatbed Display.

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