Samsung are currently the world’s largest electronics company and they are also days away from launching their new 3D TV. The Korean company manufactures 3D televisions and 3D glasses for viewing 3D content and curiously they have just issued a warning about the health risks associated with 3D viewing.
“Children and teenagers may be more susceptible to health issues associated with viewing in 3D and should be closely supervised when viewing these images” Samsung said on its website.
“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” Samsung says.
It’s not just those who are already aware they might have problems that are at risk though.
“Even those without a personal or family history of epilepsy or stroke may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause photosensitive epileptic seizures” said Samsung.
“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.
“Viewing 3D television may also cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain and decreased postural stability”
Samsung are recommending that viewers take frequent breaks from watching 3D TV in order to lessen the potential 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” the company said.
Up till now all we’ve heard about 3D is that it’s great, it’s the future and it’s coming sooner rather than later, it’s kinda disturbing now to hear there’s also a negative side but there just had to be didn’t there.
It was the same when mobile phones came out, and laptops, and just about everything else technological.
OK so 3D will take a bit of getting used to and it may well increase the risk of seizures, we’ve known that about strobe lighting for years. So why are Samsung coming out with this info about 3D now?
They want to avoid any potential lawsuits after they launch 3D on the masses of course. We’re all just guinea pigs.
Me I can’t wait, but also can’t help but wonder if 3D TV has been over hyped.