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All Seeing Screen

I read in a Slashdot article yesterday that Apple has patented the concept of a display that is capable of taking pictures as well as displaying them.

The clever idea is to insert thousands of microscopic image sensors in-between the liquid crystal display cells in the screen. Each sensor captures its own small image, but software stitches these together to create a single, larger picture.

I think that sounds like a pretty neat idea, but the only applications of its use I have heard is for teleconferencing and to save space in cellphones / PDAs. Sure seems like a lot of trouble just to avoid a tiny little camera at the top of your screen.

How else might this technology be used?

<ol>

    <li>To spy on employees</li>
    <li>To take upskirt photos at those restaurants with TVs in the floor</li>
    <li>To sell at an insane markup and make mad profitz</li>
    <li>To allow Apple to record everything you ever do and <a href="http://www.theonion.com/content/node/47468">sell it back to you for $1.99</a></li>

</ol>