Friday, April 16, 2010

Beware of 3-D TVs!! Warning Issued from Samsung...

Oh, 3-D this and 3-D that, and oh, I need a 3-D TV, oh, I need to watch Avatar in 3-D and Clash of the Titans in 3-D, and yada yada crap...

All of this 3-D crap is such over-hyped and over-advertised drama, especially for a feature that's nothing more than a gimmick..


Can't you see that this is just the Entertainment Industry's best hope at stopping piracy?

Yes, if everything is in 3-D, then downloading it and watching a regular version just doesn't seem to be as good anymore, does it? No, you have to watch it in 3-D now, and anything less is just not good enough...

Well, I have no problem saying that I don't plan on ever watching another movie in 3-D again, if I can avoid it. After I watched Avatar in 3-D, the excitement of the 3-D-ness went away pretty quick, and I found it more of an annoyance (having to wear those darn glasses) than an allure...

Anyway, did you hear the latest news about warnings in regards to those 3-D TVs and the glasses that come with them?

Here's the story from

Samsung issues warnings about 3-D TV

And here's the text from the actual warning document from Samsung:

Viewing TV using the 3D function



• Children and teenagers may be more susceptible to health issues associated with viewing in 3D and should be closely supervised when viewing these images.

Photosensitive Seizure Warning and Other Health Risks

• Some viewers may experience an epileptic seizure or stroke when exposed to certain flashing images or lights contained in certain television pictures or video games. If you suffer from, or have a family history of epilepsy or strokes, please consult with a medical specialist before using the 3D function.

• Even those without a personal or family history of epilepsy or stroke may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause photosensitive epileptic seizures.

Pregnant women, the elderly, sufferers of serious medical conditions, those who are sleep deprived or under the influence of alcohol should avoid utilising the unit’s 3D functionality.

• If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop viewing 3D pictures
immediately and consult a medical specialist: (1) altered vision; (2)
lightheadedness; (3) dizziness; (4) involuntary movements such as eye or
muscle twitching; (5) confusion; (6) nausea; (7) loss of awareness; (8)
convulsions; (9) cramps; and/ or (10) disorientation
. Children and teenagers may be more likely than adults to experience these symptoms. Parents should monitor their children and ask whether they are experiencing these symptoms.

Viewing 3D television may also cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain and decreased postural stability. It is recommended that users take frequent breaks to lessen the potential of these effects. If your eyes show signs of fatigue or dryness or if you have any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use of this device and do not resume using it for at least thirty minutes after the symptoms have subsided.

• Watching TV while sitting too close to the screen for an extended period of time may damage your eyesight. The ideal viewing distance should be at least three times the screen height. It is recommended that the viewer's eyes are level with the screen.

Watching TV while wearing 3D glasses for an extended period of time may cause a headache or fatigue. If you experience a headache, fatigue or dizziness, stop viewing TV and rest.

• Do not use the 3D glasses for any other purpose than for viewing 3D television. Wearing the 3D glasses for any other purpose (as general spectacles, sunglasses, protective goggles, etc.) may be physically harmful to you and may weaken your eyesight.

• Viewing in 3D may cause disorientation for some viewers. Accordingly, DO NOT place your TV television near open stairwells, cables, balconies, or other objects that can be tripped over, run into, knocked down, broken or fallen over.

The actual 3-D warning document can be found on the Samsung website at: 3-D TV Warning.

Pretty crazy stuff, eh? It kind of makes you wonder if the "popping out of the screen" effect is really worth it...


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