Some of the big name makers of 3D devices and also makers of 3D HDTV’s warn that children under 6 years old should not use the devices. Currently the warning applies to devices in which no 3D glasses are needed to be worn by the user.
The first warning is coming from Nintendo who makes the very popular DS handheld which is introducing a 3D version here in the U.S. in March 2011. Sony, which makes the PlayStation 3, is also warning that children under six should not use the device to play 3D games. In addition Sony is also warning parents to seek medical advice before allowing their small children to view content on their 3D HDTV which do not require 3D glasses.
In addition a recent article stated:
“Parents should turn off this function if the handheld is going to be used by a child under six years of age, said Nintendo. It said the advice it had received from experts also applied to other 3D content that younger children might be exposed to.
In issuing the warning, Nintendo joins Sony and Toshiba in alerting people to the ill effects that can attend watching 3D movies or playing 3D games.
Sony has already said that parents should get medical advice before letting children watch 3D content on the PlayStation. Toshiba has said parents should keep an eye on children watching its TVs that can display 3D images without needing glasses.”
But here is one statement that caught my eye:
“The companies have also warned that watching too much 3D content can cause adults discomfort.”
I wrote about this before on my one and only experience watching a 3D HDTV, using 3D glasses. I actually suffered nausea after about 10 minutes of watching a movie. Though I am sure that this may only affect a small number who watch 3D content, it is worth taking note of the warnings.
Will these warnings spell the death to 3D games and movies?
What do you think?