3D TV Sets Aren't For Drinkers, Kids, Pregnant Women Or The Elderly

If James Cameron, Nintendo and Sony have anything to say about it, 3D is the future not just of movies, but of gaming as well. I wonder, though, if they'd read the safety guidelines before getting so carried away.

With Samsung's line of 3D television sets now on the market, their accompanying safety information has now been made public. and the number of restrictions placed on their use make Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's concerns over the effects of long-term 3D gaming (the kind that uses glasses, of course, not his own company's glasses-free approach) seem entirely valid.

Among the limitations placed on the use of a 3D TV set include:

"Children and teenagers may be more susceptible to health issues associated with viewing in 3D and should be closely supervised when viewing these images. Children under the age of six should not view 3D TV."

"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. 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 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."

So kids under 6 are out. Anyone drinking is out. Pregnant women are out, as are the elderly. Anyone playing for extended periods needs to take frequent breaks. It can cause headaches and dizziness.

Those are some serious impediments to, you know, enjoying video games, especially the extended play and alcohol bits. They're not concrete bannings by any means, and are fuelled as much by a desire for Samsung to cover its arse as they are from genuine health concerns, but still. They're not there for the fun of it, either.

Here's hoping these are early problems associated with early iterations of 3D hardware, and/or the result of 3D TV manufacturers being overly-cautious, or these things are going to go out of style faster than a Laser-Disc wearing pants made out of Betamax tapes.

[Samsung 3D TV Warning, via News]


    'decreased postural stability'?? PR speak for 'you might me the type to try and dodge an object that isn't there and fall over!

    One word:


    I can see my family won't be purchasing one of these.
    My wife gets sick from playing Hi Def games there is no way she can handle this.

    I also had a friend who didn't enjoy Avatar because her eyes had a lot of trouble adjusting to 3D.

    I really can see quite a few people giving it a miss because of health problems or because they simply feel uncomfortable.

    My problem with 3D is after 20 mins I forget that I'm watching 3D. I spend the start of a film enjoying the "add-on" but may as well be watching 2D by the end because my experience is no different by the end.

    ME...just wanted to start another paragraph with myself as the starter because 5 just isnt enough.

      I agree with the comment about forgetting I'm watching 3D after a while. However I have heard that the 3D in games (ie Nvidia's 3D setup for PC) has a greater depth than what you get in the cinema.

    If your eyes becoming like the one in the picture is another side effect, I'd give it a shot.
    If looks could kill, that's the sort of eye that could do it.


    Seriously, I still couldn't care less about gimicky 3D bullshit being added to my home entertainment gear. This just makes chuckle at how forced this stuff is.

    "Viewing 3D television may ".." decreased postural stability."

    I think a lawyer, and NOT a doctor wrote these warnings.

    Wh....wha! But I drink and game all the time! Nuuuuu!

    So it's basically like going on a roller coaster, except without the fun of being thrown around...

    As for the guys here talking about becoming so used to the 3D in movies that it becomes unnoticeable, might I suggest occasionally looking at the backgrounds in 3D movies? I found that usually puts things back into perspective.

    I love the bloody eye picture too. Might use it as my wallpaper until I get bored of it (or at least until I find the colours distracting).

    Am I the only one who prefers everything to be non 3D? For one if you've got a headache, it can be nauseating not to mention it's capable of bringing on its own headache. Two, you have to wear those goggles all the time - I'm sure if you're short sighted and need to wear glasses all the time you'd be fine with it but they just feel uncomfortable for me. Three, as Jimu mentioned, unless there's stuff flying at the screen all the time, you'll just forget you're even watching something in 3D. Your brain evolved to get used to certain stimuli to minimise processing power so it's only natural that it happens. Four, those things aren't actually good for your eyes so hardcore gamers are going to have serious cases of eye strain.

    Strictly speaking, we are meant to rest for 15 mins each hour of gaming. What Kotakan does that..?

    Im looking forward to in-home 3D- but I dont imagine for a minute that I would be using it more than a few times per week. Indeed I think there should be regulations on how much 3DTV can be broadcast and even Playstation may have self-imposed limits over 3D games.

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