Saturday, July 23, 2011

3D Video is hard on the eyes

I'm not going to start this post with the word "Duh". That's why it was at the end of the sentence.

Look, I think 3D is neat. If I find myself needing to buy another TV, more than likely I will pick up one that is 3D capable just for the "wow" factor... but 3D technology just isn't ready for every day use like all of the TV manufacturer's (and content producers) want it to be. Box office returns have shown that.

But it's certainly not worth the price premium... and for a lot of people it's just a pain... literally.
3D displays cause extra eye fatigue, according to a study published by the Journal of Vision today that was funded in part by Samsung's R&D arm. A group of researchers from the University of Califonia-Berkeley found that when test subjects watched 3D displays, they reported more eye strain and fatigue and less vision clarity afterward than when they watched 2D video. The disparity between the depth of the screen and the depth of the 3D image caused the most problems, though researchers also found the relationship between image depth and nearness of the screen also played a role in eye strain.
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