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Sony’s Hope for the Future “Causes Confusion, Nausea and Even Fits”

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And that’s before investors even see their business plan for the near-term:

The world’s biggest electronics company has issued an extraordinary health warning about the dangers of watching 3D television.

Pregnant women, the elderly, children and those suffering from serious medical conditions are among a wide range of people said to be at risk.

The alert extends to those who have been sleep deprived or drinking. It highlights alarming side effects such as confusion, nausea, convulsions, altered vision, light-headedness, dizziness, and involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching and cramps.

The world’s biggest electronics company has issued an extraordinary health warning about the dangers of watching 3D television

Samsung says there are also concerns that those with epilepsy could be at risk of fits – as they are from strobe lighting and photographers’ flashes on normal television.

Watching 3D on TV, which involves wearing special glasses like those used for 3D movies, bombards the eyes and brain with a succession of flashing images that appear for a fraction of a second.

However, the spokesman said the company is reviewing the language used in the warning on the basis it may cause ‘unintended alarm’.

A spokesman for Sony said the company had commissioned independent research into the technology and had found no health risks.

So the PR guy for Samsung realized that perhaps telling people that they could be at risk of some very nasty side-effects might be bad for the stock price (and TV sales), so they’re going to walk it back.

As for Sony, its own, independently-commissioned1, ‘research’ shows there are no health risks. (FYI: ‘independent research’ has, historically, had a nasty (though I’m sure purely unintentional…really, stop laughing) habit of confirming the biases of the people funding the research, see: pharma companies, sports supplement companies, cigarette companies and, uh, tech companies.)

Now I’m sure people aren’t going to be dropping dead left and right after being subjected to, say, Ayane’s 3D-ified, um, spheres (well, maybe they will, but not because of the effect itself but rather their preternatural roundness and firmness), but it is a fact, despite Sony’s “research” (I told you to stop laughing) that the 3D tech does not agree w/ everyone, and can lead to all the nastiness mentioned in this article in a percentage of the populace–all the hand-waving and ‘trust us, we’re electronics giants’ verbiage isn’t going to alter the laws of physics and brain chemistry as it relates to vision systems and depth cues.


1 In other words, research they paid for with lots of money.

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