When I was young there was a brief fad for 3-D movies. You had to wear those red/green glasses they gave you in the movie theater but the effects were pretty spectacular. I remember seeing Vincent Price in House of Wax and it was pretty impressive to my 11 year old psyche. But 3D faded. Something about those goofy glasses, maybe. Now it’s back and the glasses are still part of it but much fancier. They are now high tech active motion glasses and they not just for theater 3-D, either (as in Avatar). 3-D television is making its debut.
I’ve not seen the new 3-D movies or the TVs but Mrs. R. was mentioning to me the other day that someone she knew told her that her mother had to leave the movie theater because of sudden and profound motion sickness. She knew others with the same problem. I hadn’t heard this so I went digging a bit and ‘lo and behold, it seems to be true. And it’s not just motion sickness. This, from a product page full of health warnings for a Samsung 3-D set (h/t MacWorld):
If you experience any of the following symptoms, immediately stop watching 3D pictures 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. Parents should monitor and ask their children about the above symptoms as children and teenagers may be more likely to experience these symptoms than adults. [no mention of an erection lasting longer than 4 hours while watching porn in 3-D, but presumably that’s also worth a call to your doctor]
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.
We do not recommend watching 3D if you are in bad physical condition, need sleep or have been drinking alcohol.
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 height of the TV screen. It is recommended that the viewer’s eyes are level with the screen.
Watching TV while wearing 3D Active Glasses for an extended period of time may cause headaches or fatigue. If you experience a headache, fatigue or dizziness, stop watching TV and rest.
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 Australia)
All I can say is “Yikes!” If I had any intention of investing in 3-D TV this would be kind of a disincentive.
This is even scarier than Vincent Price.