From wayyy back in MegaTraveller, I always remembered the different kinds of fancy control surfaces available. From the MegaTraveller Referee’s Manual, page 60:
Computer and Control Panels: A computer is required to aid the operator or operators in controlling the craft’s functions. A computer multiplies the effects of the ship’s installed control panels if the control panels are of the “linked” type.
Several types of control panels exist:
Mechanical: Basic gauges, dials, and mechanical controls.
Electronic: Electronic gauges and electromechanical controls.
Computer: Computerized controls with detailed and informative flat computer displays.
Dynamic: Dynamically reconfigurable flat 2D controls. The operator may reconfigure the controls in a moment’s notice to fit preference or operating style. Limits the Tech Level reduction of a skill level to – 1
Holographic: Dynamically reconfigurable contoured 3Dcontrols with tactile feedback. The operator may reconfigure the controls similar to dynamic controls. Limits the Tech Level reduction of a skill level to – 1
And for the Tech Levels..
5 Basic Mechanical
6 Enhanced Mechanical
8 Electronic Linked
9 Computer Linked
10 Dynamic Linked
13 Holographic Linked
So, when I saw this mockup of claymation…
Or, perhaps, programmable matter…
My mind went right to those TL 13 Holographic Controls…
…which would be a misnomer here: there is a clear difference between holographs (projected light fields, to create a 3D image) and programmable matter (which includes claytronics).