Samsung warns of 3D dangers


April 19, 2010

Website: Rapid TV News

And McDonalds hot coffee can be hot, driving a car can kill you and too many sausage rolls could shorten your life! What’s the truth about 3D’s dangers?

Samsung has placed a ‘health warning’ on its Australian web-site warning that watching 3D could harm young children, pregnant women, elderly viewers and even the drunk!

According to reports the Korean technology company is concerned about reports of headaches, medical problems like epileptic seizures and other risks.

This scare story might also just be Samsung’s Aussie lawyers playing ultra safe.

There have been plenty of jokes floating around the industry of viewers naturally reacting to a live 3D transmission when a soccer ball comes ‘through’ the screen, or an athlete happens to fall towards the screen and causing the viewer to flinch.

The lawyers are anxious that a spilt coffee, or beer, will end up in a legal dispute.

You can only imagine the very real consequences should a viewer suffer a stroke or heart attack as a direct result of watching something in 3D.

David Wood, the EBU’s deputy director of its technology department, recently said that the 3D industry “owed it to itself to research behavioural issues.

We owe it to the public to research physical effects [of 3D].” Speaking at a 4-day special forum organised by the Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat, Wood questioned whether a half-dozen researchers was really enough for what is rapidly evolving into a billion dollar industry.

“There should be more [research],” he argued.

“What we have is anecdotes [on the effects of 3D]. I think we should add a word of caution to broadcasters until we know the scientific evidence.”

At last week’s MIPtv market, an expert 3D panel admitted that programming directors were fast learning new video techniques for 3D.

There would be no rapid zooms or whip-pans, for fear of causing nausea.

Directors were being cautioned not to have too many image cuts, instead allowing the viewer to do the work, embracing the image for its depth and extra information.

Too many cuts would end up annoying the viewer and risk creating headaches.

So perhaps Samsung isn’t quite so crazy.






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