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.
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."
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.
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."