Apple's recent patent filings for interactive, 3-D displays represent a window into the potential for innovative monitors that use embedded cameras, optics and gestural controls to respond to users' movements, Stacey Higginbotham writes. Much of the necessary technology is already in place in other areas of IT, she notes, it just needs to be applied to display issues. "If we're gonna navigate our world in real time, we're gonna need a better cockpit," she writes.

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