The new 3D site of Samsung Australia has included important health and safety information for buyers to read before they or their children use the 3D function available on 3D displays and Blu-ray players. Children, being more liable to 3D side effects, should be closely supervised. Pregnant women, the elderly, persons suffering from serious medical conditions, sleep deprivation or under the influence of alcohol are advised to avoid 3D altogether.
The full text follows (it is also available as a printable PDF file).
Children and teenagers may be more susceptible to health issues associated with viewing in 3D and should be closely supervised when viewing these images.
Photosensitive 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:
Involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching
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.
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 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 screen height. It is recommended that the viewer's eyes are level with the screen.
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.
Do not use the 3D glasses for any other purpose than for viewing 3D television. Wearing the 3D glasses for any other purpose (as general spectacles, sunglasses, protective goggles, etc.) may be physically harmful to you and may weaken your eyesight.
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.
Guidelines for in-home viewing
To watch in 3D mode you need to put the 3D glasses on and press the power button on top of the glasses [this latter part may vary depending on the specific brand].
Turn off all fluorescent lighting and block sources of direct sunlight before watching in 3D mode. Fluorescent lighting may cause a flickering effect and direct sunlight may affect the operation of the 3D glasses.
Leave it to Australia to be on top of things like these possible health issues from too much 3D viewing. Australia is a great country - love it! BTW I saw Avatar 3D in Sydney at the IMAX theatre (largest in the world at 8 stories high) on opening day!
I think 3D was the only thing missing from the movie Idiocracy. Goes to show there was little R&D into the home technology. All to ride the wave and make a buck. I hope 3D in the home dies. I am for it in the theaters, as it should be a treat (like IMAX and drive-in theaters), but should not be something "standard".
Try reading the text, NOT what you think it implies. NOTHING in the text says 3-D can kill you; it's just a laundry list of possible effects to keep the lawyers at bay. It's prudent action, NOT the death of 3-D (or its viewers).
Or maby they have to be absolutely sure to include everything they can think of in the warning so that people dont have any imaginable reason to sue them for wrong/bad use of the product, there is warnings on everything, we just dont read it. Since 3d tv is a brand new product line they better include everything in the warning! smart of samsung
I Just looked at the Samsung 3D TV at an audio video retailer last week. Within a short time
i got a headache. My take on This 3D for the home is that most people will not want to wear those glasses for extended periods.3D for the theaters is where it should stay. I had seen Avatar in IMAX 3D. it was Amazing. But imagine watching TV shows on going in 3D all the time
It could become a major problem. At best 3D in the home will be a small market.
Kind of like those sun deflectors that you put up in the windshield when you park your car... they actually have a warning on them telling you not to drive the car with them in place. We used to joke about it all the time when I worked for Autozone.
Anyway, personally I think that 3D is a passing craze. It sounds like a good idea, but once people get it home and find out how much of a pain in the a$$ it's going to be they will find themselves using it less and less.
I watched Avatar in 3D too and all I can say is that I had a headache watching the first thirty minutes of the movie.I noticed that my eyes took awhile to get adjusted to it.But for me personally,3D for theatres only not for the home.Give it several years and we will be hearing some people having health issues regarding this as far as their sight goes.
I think theatre 3D technology has improved significantly. I remember going to Disney World and watching those 4D experience rides/shows and leaving with nausea and headaches. They only lasted 20 minutes. I made it at least to Avatar's final act before feeling eye strain. But now that I think of it, Only 5 minutes with the Samsung at BB left my eyes and head slightly unhappy. So there goes my theory... still gonna post this... feel free to ignore now that it has no purpose
That's nice important information,but will the manufactures bring down prices of their existing LED Tv's,Hi End LCD Tv's,And Full HD Plasmas...Since iam always intresated in buying bigger sized screens..Say 50 to 60 inches screen sizes ! And iam not intreasted in 3D Tv's since i hate to wear glass...And i do not want my children to watch television content in 3D.And i do not know the effects of using these glasses long term.Since the techonology is still in infant stage,lots of changes are yet to come.
And by the way they should concentrate in making better standard BD players which has less of seek time.i.e the player should start fast(Quick Play).
And i have observed that all modern techonologies seem to hardly last not more than just 3 years flat.Then once again you have to buy something new at least to prove your neighbour that you are a tech savy.
This is sort of like those warnings "if erections persist for more than four hours consult a doctor..." kind of things. DO not 3D while texting and driving at the time, do not 3D while opening cans of spinach and drinking vodka, do not 3D if pregnant and roller skating. Not for persons in a coma, and so forth...
So when I come home from the pub with all of these symptoms
* Altered vision
* Involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching
and are to drunk to remember not to watch TV, what do I do then?
I agree with the person who said keep 3-D in the theaters. Anyway aren't they trying to get mass adopters for blu ray? If they flood the market with different formats it aint going to work. Make it simple and to the point, it's hard enough to try to tell someone who loves DVD that now that format is inferior compared to blu ray and yet now there is another blu ray format? Give me a break I will not be satisifing their greed, I already traded up hundreds of DVD titles to blu and I'm not doing it again...
The problem is that most 3D so far anyway has really been targetted at kids and teens. Now it seems this market may find excessive 3D to be hazardous to their vision. Perhaps this aspect should have been investigated before bringing 3D to the home theatre market. Vision is precious.
I've been saying for months that 3D is being driven by marketing types not the technical guys at the big TV manufacturers. It is being rushed to market too soon and is likely as a result going to be doomed to either failure or to a very slow adoption curve. The Austalian health warnings further reinforce my views and also identify a new problem with 3D I'd never really considered. There's lots to consider.
I remember seeing this exact same warning for the first time back in the early 90's on the first Sonic the Hedgehog video game. Relax people, it's just a giant corporation trying to be proactive in saving their own asses!!
Personally I feel that IMAX 3D is far superior to standard theater 3D experiences. I saw Alice in Wonderland and How to train your Dragon in IMAX 3D and it was a much better 3D experience than my standard theater 3D experiences.
That being said I agree that 3D should be reserved for the theater experience. I am so pleased with 2D Blu-Ray that I can't imagine the 3D experience at home being a significant leap in entertainment value. But who knows, technology in the end may be able to deliver a great 3D experience in the home after time, trial and error.
As to the safety issue I'm certain we'll find out how many people actually experience these symptoms when more and more consumers get these 3D TVs in their homes.
Vince Bond: you hit the nail right square on the head!
I don't think it's a death knell for 3D TV. It's only the companies CTA! There will be people, mark my words, who'll try to sue for the craziest, darnest things as many of you have already pointed out. You know, you gotta CYA, right? They're nothing more than supernumerary clauses designed just for that. Like the Excedrin Migraine label says: "Aspirin may cause a severe allergic reaction which may include: hives, facial swelling, asthma, shock." So, if you have these symptoms but use the product anyway and ignore the warning, you can't sue them if you get sick, nor can your relativies if you die from it.
Wow I see an opportunity here. I think I'll invest in some Norvartis Consumer Health, Inc. shares. Man 3D TV is going to spawn a lot of health problems and people seeking remedies.
I am going to get rich off 3D TV. Yippee!
So you can't watch 3d TV when you're drunk? Major Fail!! My take, it didn't work the first time around, and it won't work this time either. Why are they so damn persistent in trying to force 3d on us. I just don't get it...
JESUS.... Look at this essay!!! I knew I wasn't crazy when I had a headache after watching Avatar in 3D along with some eye strain.
All of this will be conveniently and neatly tucked away in some throw-away pamphlet included with the equipment; the print will probably be microscopic. The industry has too much behind this whole 3D agenda to allow this kind of an impediment to stagnate sales. I wonder if we'll even see anything that remotely resembles this information in the states. After all, let us not forget what this is all REALLY about ($$$).
I heard that if you get wasted and put on those glass, you'll be seeing things in 3-D the rest of your life.......and if you watch a 3-D movie while your pregnant....well, you just don't wanna do that! It has the same effects of smoking and consuming alcohol.
....wait, that doesn't make sense!
This is actually serious. I had a major migraine after watching Avatar in 3D.
My wife had a severe headache and nausea after seeing Polar Express in 3D at the theater. It lasted for hours! I've had a hard time convincing her to try 3D again after that one. We did get to Avatar and she made it through this time, but she's not anxious to see anything in 3D now.
The one thing that has caught my attention most is the repeated comments about headaches from seeing Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. That is the Achilles' heel of 3D. I know, not everyone gets them. Personally I was fine for both, but if there are that many people experiencing negative side effects from 3D it will never become as common place as they would like.
As for myself, I wish they would just leave it in the theaters. Give me a reason to go out and see a movie with some friends. They complain as it is about sales not being high enough.
If it is common place it cannot be special, if it's not special why would you spend $15 to see it.
Not only do I hope 3D stays in the theater, where the experience rightfully belongs, but we should get a choice to watch a new movie in either 3D or 2D, like Clash of the Titans. I didn't want to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D, but I had no choice in the matter.
They put the same stuff in the front of video game manuals. If the box office isn't a clue, the people howling about 3D are a minority. I don't personally know anyone who is physically affected by 3D, the negative side-effects can't be THAT prevalent.
Give me a break. Has anyone else seen anyone act strange after watching a 3D movie?
If anyone has a problem in watching 3D, then recommend not watching any of the 3D movies that are being released on the big screen or blu rays...
Leave it to the Auzzies to add more color to something that isn't really there.
About watching 3D full time at home; I think it might be a bad idea. After you get over the woozy feeling, you get use to the affects. After watching 3D TV for a few hours, it might have a lasting effect. I think watching 3D at home is okay, but not enough to commit to buying a 3D TV. I think I'll keep watching 3D movies the ole fashion way... using my 3D colored glasses. This way, when I want to watch 3D, then all I have to do it flop a 3D blu ray in the player, spin it up and enjoy. When I want to watch a 2D show, the same, but without the colored glasses.
So if you want to take heed to the Auzzies about 3D, that is fine, but I think we are all taking the 3D too far. After all, didn't we just start buying blu ray more since the format war was over? Don't know about you, but I have already invested a ton of money into blu ray and don't plan on adding anymore until another 5 to 10 years from now. Depending on how long my HDTV and blu ray player will last.
Like someone said earlier in this thread, just die.....3D. How the public latches onto a obvious marketing gimmic, let alone something that isn't even remotely close to 3D, let alone something that looks so hokie. Hilarious!
Looks like half of the people posting in this thread have serious health problems. I know at least 50 people who watched Avatar in 3D in NONE of them got any headache. In fact some of them even watch the show twice in the same day without a single issue.
I think the people who complain about headaches after watching 3D should consider seeing a doctor. What you experience is not normal.
(sigh), Hollywood is filled with idiots. In Recent years ticket sales at the cinema hve been in rapid decline, because home theater has surpassed the movie going experience in every way. Then, finally, 3D comes along and begins to plant asses in the seats again, generating enormous profits, and giving people another reason to go to a commercial theater again. And what does hollywood do? They try and shove it down your throat and into your living room, and then if it catches on, (which I highly doubt), they will complain about low ticket sales again! Morons!?!
I agree that the manufacturers are trying to cover all the bases in regards to lawsuits, but also agree with earlier comments that we'll still see lawsuits over 3D in the home (especially here in the lawsuit crazy USA). And I think it will be the eventual 3D GAMES that will be the big problem ... you may not watch 8 straight hours of 3D movies at home, but don't you think some kids/teenagers will play 8 straight hours of 3D 'Gears Of Whore' at home?
"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 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. "
How many parents are going to have the free time to sit and observe their kids whenever they're watching 3D movies/playing 3D video games? How many teenagers WANT their parents watching them do anything? If the kids have bad reactions to 3D, some parent will sue, the company lawyers will say we warned you, the parents lawyer will prove that asking parents to observe their kids constantly is an impossible task that is unreasonable in modern society.
And as far as no alcohol while watching 3D TV ... I guess all future 3D Superbowl parties will have to be alcohol free (yeah, right).
Here's what Marc Pesce found, the virtual reality expert who helped Sega to develop a 3D headset in the '90s:
"He discovered that 'binocular dysphoria' is the price you pay for cheating the brain into imagining it sees depth cues on a flat surface. 'When the movie's over, and you take your glasses off, your brain is still ignoring all those depth perception cues' says Pesce; 'It'll come back to normal, eventually. Some people will snap right back. In others, it might take a few hours... this doesn't matter too much if you're going to see a movie in the theatre - though it could lead to a few prangs in the parking lot afterward - but it does matter hugely if it's something you'll be exposed to for hours a day, every day, via your television set.'
Pesce's shocking conclusion is that 3DTV will either 'die a quiet death', or manufacturers will 'see the biggest class-action lawsuit in the planet's history, as millions of children around the world realize that their televisions permanently ruined their depth perception'"
I guess my only conclusion from reading this and the above-referenced Samsung warning is have any of you heard of the company called TOYOTA! Some of you might think that Samsung is just protecting themselves in advance legally but clearly these WARNINGS should be taken seriously! Just MHO!
I also get headaches for the last 2 3D movies I saw and I NEVER get headaches either. So that really ended up turning me off now into wanting to buy a 3D TV for home unfortunately. I just hope that somehow, after perhaps 5-10 movies, my headaches will no longer develop....
I guess they are just preparing themselves for eventual complaints (like anything in life) from people who are stressed by the glasses/3D eventually.
3D Blu-ray could possibly take off, but I don't like the fact that you would need to wear 3d goggles. Remember the 3d glasses made of paper and thin sheets of colored transparent plastic sheets of paper? Many people don't know this, but these were made cheaply so that they could be discarded. People with eye infections who wear a set of 3d goggles and then share these goggles with someone else could potentially spread an eye disease! I've gone to a few movies in theaters that require goggles like Avatar and the recent Jim Carrey Scrooge and I did not see a single theater worker cleaning the goggles. Maybe it will take ignorance and someone to get an eye infection for people to take this more seriously.
Nowhere above does it even mention this. 3d sets need to be made in such a way that you don't need goggles. Only then will it be truly safe from spreading an eye infection.
Does this 3d news include the new "real d " glasses that the lenses are not red and blue? Since i have just pre-ordered the new television that plays real d format.
Can anyone send me a message or just let me know....
We already know there will be idiots doing any kind of drugs while watching 3D-films.
So I'm pretty sure there will be really sick people from using 3D in combination with other stuff.
I mean, OK, I can handle quite a lot, you know, rollercoasters, spinning rides and high speeds and all kinds of crazy motions and light-effects.
But I'm pretty positive that 3D would freak out my mind, cause it's so deceptive you know.
I already had that with plain video-games, after many hours, but still, eventually I saw and heard things from the games in real life.
I really became unwell for a while.
Now of course you won't be fed 3D-images constantly, but yeah, it still makes it more risky to the mind and thus body.
Also: "OK, I'm gunna get a drink. *gets up* Anyone else wanna have-*falls on face*..."
Probably best to pause it rather than getting up with 3D in motion. lol
I've been to almost every 3D movie done in the last 30+ years [theme park and regular 3D theaters and probably 20 plus movies], and I've never had a single problem with any of them. I saw a demo of Monster's VS. Aliens at the local Best Buy store and also had no issues there.
The only reason I won't do 3DTV in the home right now myself is that my HDTV is only a few years old, and I'm not willing to spend the cash right now. I might get a new Blu-ray player with 3D playability only because I'd like a 2nd player.
I do want to point out that I have a friend who's wife is subject to epileptic seizures and can't play video games due to that. However, she recently saw Avatar in 3D at the theater and had no issues from it. As yet, she hasn't tried to watch the BB 3D demo yet, so the jury is still out on that issue for her.