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Toshiba follows in Nintendo's footsteps in placing a warning on 3D products

Toshiba is issuing a warning for its glasses-free 3D television about the potential harmful effects of 3D images on young children's eyes as part of an electronics industry consortium's recommendations.

Toshiba's warning closely follows Nintendo's same warning, which increased concerns regarding the possible negative effects of 3D images on children's eyesight. Toshiba made mention of the warning in a press release for its presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show, which runs this week from January 6-9.  

After releasing 12-inch and 20-inch versions of the glasses-free 3D television in December, the Japanese company plans to present 56-inch and 65-inch prototypes of its glasses-free 3D television at the Consumer Electronics Show. In the press release for this demonstration, Toshiba said, "due to the possibility of impact on vision development, viewers of 3D video images should be aged 6 or older."

Toshiba made the decision to place the warning on its products due to an electronics industry group's recommendations for 3D technology. Yuji Motomura, chief specialist in Toshiba's TV marketing department, has not released the industry group's name, but said the company has provided research about eyesight health in regards to 3D technology. The recommendation is based on whether glasses are used or not for the 3D experience.  

Despite the new warning, Motomura believes Toshiba will not see any negative consequences regarding the sales of the glasses-free 3D television. In fact, the company plans to launch a glasses-free 3D model that is over 40 inches in the fiscal year to March 2012. Specifics on what date, size or price have not been set yet, but Toshiba did note that it would offer a screen capable of displaying 2D images at "a resolution four times the quality of today's high-definition televisions." 

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By fatedtodie on 1/6/2011 5:27:22 AM , Rating: 2
I may be missing something fundemental here, but what makes a move that comes out at me any more 3d than a movie... THAT SHOWS DEPTH?
You know the last 2d movie I saw? the southpark movie, that was truely 2d. The rest of ALL MOVIES show 3d. I know some idiot marketing exec came up with oooo now you can watch movies in 3d... but it doesn't change how science works.

I think until the movie/tv industry even knows how the language works, nobody should waste their money on retarded technology that provides nothing more than 15 seconds of excitement.

By Strunf on 1/6/2011 8:38:35 AM , Rating: 1
The things is that we are in the age of "consumerism", first we had to have LCD/Plasma TV, then came the whole HD thing, then the Hz, now the 3D and LED light... hell even my Full HD TV now shows top/bottom black strips on recent movies, it's as if any reason is a good reason to upgrade your electronic devices.

By mindless1 on 1/8/2011 12:42:43 AM , Rating: 2
Actually you don't seem to understand the science. 3D is accomplished by your left and right eye seeing a slightly different perspective, differing image and your brain assimilating the two perspectives into one mental image. You can't normally, previously accomplish this with a flat screen uniform to both eyes.

Similarly, in real life the further away something is the less 3D it looks, remember that 2 eyes are required for true depth perception. That is the science, like it or not.

I agree though that today's 3D is like a silly toy giving a few moments of interest,

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