Samsung warns of physical dangers of 3D TV

16 Apr 2010

While 3D TV is the hottest thing to arrive in the TV world, one of its proponents, Samsung, has outlined some of the physical dangers – namely, it’s not a good idea to use your 3D goggles if you’ve already got beer goggles on.

“We do not recommend watching 3D if you are in bad physical condition, need sleep or have been drinking alcohol,” the consumer electronics giant warned in a note on ‘Viewing TV using the 3D function’.

The company says that ideal conditions for using 3D Active Glasses involves turning off all fluorescent lighting and blocking sources of direct sunlight before watching in 3D mode.

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It outlined a number of physical symptoms that may occur that may cause epileptic seizures or a stroke if viewers are exposed to flashing images or lights in certain TV pictures or video games, and warns people whose families have a history of epilepsy to consult a doctor first.

Symptoms associated with 3D viewing

It warns that if the following symptoms occur – altered vision, lightheadedness, nausea, involuntary eye twitching, confusion, loss of awareness, convultions, cramps or disorientation – to immediately stop watching in 3D mode.

Children or young people in particular, it said, are vulnerable to these symptoms than adults.

“Viewing in 3D mode 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 likelihood of these effects. If you have any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use of this device and do not resume until the symptoms have subsided,” Samsung said.

Samsung also warns people from using the 3D goggles for any purpose other than watching 3D television, namely using them as protective eyewear or sunglasses, as this could damage or weaken eyesight.

“Viewing in 3D mode may cause disorientation for some viewers. DO NOT place your television near open stairwells, cables, balconies or other objects that may cause you to injure yourself,” Samsung warned.

By John Kennedy

Photos: Samsung has warned consumers to exercise caution when watching 3D TV

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years