Toshiba Warns Of 3D TV Effect On Kids Eyes

Similar to Nintendo and Sony, Toshiba has decided to accompany their glasses-less 3D TV with a warning that it might harm kids' eyes.

Toshiba's glasses-less 3D TV relies on the same concept behind traditional stereoscopic 3D TVs, which is sending different image to each eye. The difference is that instead of beaming both images on screen and relying on the glasses' lenses to separate them, Toshiba's 3D TV beams an image to the left direction and another image to the right direction, so that a viewer sitting exactly in the middle would receive different image on each eye.

"Due to the possibility of impact on vision development, viewers of 3D video images should be aged 6 or older," Toshiba's warning reads.

While such warnings might cast doubt about the safety - and hence the profitability - of 3D TVs, it is worth noting that Toshiba has just released 12 inch and 20 inch versions of its glasses-less 3D TV and that it planning to release 56 inch and 65 inch versions at the Consumers Electronics Show. The company also plans to release 3D TV models in 40 inch range during this year.

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Yeah I bet it'll be profitable...

Sit in the middle or it won't work? Why do these shit heads have to rip off consumers to do their stupid experiments? It's obvious YOUR TECH DOESN"T WORK!!!! Anyone would rather wear glasses than have to sit in the middle of the TV. You can bet it'll be super fuckin' expensive too. What a fuckin' gimmick! Oh & don't forget, could fuck your kids eyes all up too, but that's OK just don't let the kids pile up in the middle of the TV, make them sit on the sides so they get what, a blurry as fuck image or a 2D image defeating the purpose of spending 3 months salary on a stupid "3DTV" in the first place?

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The blurry part wouldn't happen, people watching from an angle would receive the image for a single eye, thus watching it as if it were a normal 2D television. You only get the blurry effect on tvs that require glasses.

Also I'm not sure about it being super expensive, I assume they will cost around the same as a regular 3D tv + glasses.

Not suprising...

Honestly, the current iteration of 3D is not good for you...period. It's a technique that tricks your eyes (and, ultimately, brain) into "perceiving" 3D...but it's not natural, and prolonged usage can cause problems. Nintendo were warning in the same manner that Toshiba are...and scientists have been claiming this for a while now.

The best thing would be to have depth in the screen we have an X, Y and Z axis. The first issue will be the thickness of the T.V/Screen, but it will actually render a "true" 3D no tricks on the eyes/brain.

Not feasible either...

Don't forget tv screens were extremely thick before plasma/lcd.

Adding a Z axis is FAR from simple, it actually implies in 3D holography which, although completely doable, is not feasible for such applications. We can generate 3D holograms nowadays but we can't generate them anywhere near fast enough for movies or shows, we're far below 1 fps for now and that will not change until some computing breakthrough happens (such as a full fledged quantum computer).

Otherwise a thick screen would be useless, don't forget current technologies like plasma and LCD can only render images to flat surfaces, so the best you'd get is a box where all of the sides minus one (the see through one) would have images on them.

mega... what?

Crappy tech, gotta stand right in the middle of the tv to see the 3d effect. Forget watching it with someone else "honey move, its my turn to see it in 3d now..."

"it is worth noting that Toshiba has just released 12 inch and 20 inch versions of its glasses-less 3D TV and that it planning to release 56 inch and 65 inch versions at the Consumers Electronics Show"

And just how, pray tell me, that would be worth noting. "Ohh they are releasing big, expensive teevees so it must be safe". Just because they hope to make good profit that doesn't mean it's safe.

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