3D TVs? Viewers beware

With the excitement over three-dimensional television sets, comes all the interesting and confusing side effects, warnings, and other dangers. Listed on Samsung’s site is the following:

PHOTOSENSITVE SEIZURE WARNING AND OTHER HEALTH RISKS

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.
Even those without a personal or family history of epilepsy or stroke may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause photosensitive epileptic seizures.
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.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop viewing 3D pictures immediately and consult a medical specialist: altered vision, lightheadedness, dizziness, involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching, confusion, nausea, convulsions, cramps, disorientation

Children and teenagers may be more likely than adults to experience these symptoms. Parents should monitor their children and ask whether they are experiencing these symptoms.

Sounds pretty good right? The list goes on.

Viewing in 3D may cause disorientation for some viewers. Accordingly, DO NOT place your TV television near open stairwells, cables, balconies, or other objects that can be tripped over, run into, knocked down, broken or fallen over.

Okay so… anyone between the ages of 20-60 who are not pregnant or under any influence should be fine for viewing. Anyone else? Don’t bother.

My advice is to wait another year or two for the technology to be safer, cheaper, and more available to basic programming and media that is openly released.

Author: Jason Zajdel

Learning as I go along. It's an awesome ride. =-)