questionshow safe are 3d hdtv's as opposed to non-3d ?

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I read that the 3D TVs are more likely to beat you up and take your money. Reports include mention of broken bones and severe trauma

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I think 3D is just basically a cheap gimmick that people try to use whenever they want to make more money off of a movie. Plus it gives you headaches, and will probably cause some sort of vision problem in the near future. So, in my opinion, just go with the regular HDTV, save a bit of money and use it on a blu-ray player and some movies.

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I've read that you will get sick or die if you:
Use a cell phone.
Eat bacon.
Know someone who smokes.
Eat any kind of meat.
Drink alcohol.
Eat french fries.
Use a monitor.
Hike without water.
Listen to loud music.

The call is yours.

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The warnings you've quoted are standard for almost all games used in XBOX, PS3 and other gaming systems. It has to do with the flashing light patterns for epilepsy, and muscle strains (eyes and hands) for the recommended breaks. 3D TV's work well as a Standard HDTV and just have added circuitry to produce the 3D images. Also, some have the ability to "up-convert" regular 2D programs and movies to a simulated 3D. Pretty cool! However, not all persons are able to view 3D and don't get what all the hoopla is about. So "Yes" would be the answer for if 3D TV's are safe.

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@dealseekerdude: I can see 3D just fine and I still don't get the hoopla. Just an expensive novelty in my opinion.

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is 3D safe? the jury is still out.

is 3D useful? probably. but only for select movies/scenes.

is 3D used as a gimmick? most definitely. case in point: avatar. it made me want to gouge my eyes out in 2D. i can't imagine what i'd do if i was forced to watch it in 3D.

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@carl669: 3D TVs have one BIG advantage over 2D TVs as far as I'm concerned: the ability to have two people play full screen simultaneously.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVJcVPvjUJo&t=60

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I thought this was going to be about the possiblity of falling into virtual worlds through your 3D TV. Disappointed.

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3d tv's are safer than living in California. Everything in that state is known to give you cancer, it would appear.

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I guess it depends what you are watching. In Japan a few years back a lot of children had to be hospitalized from watching Pokemon because of the light sequence. This was on normal TV's mind you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon#Health

I could only imagine what would go wrong with 3D-HD TVs. Personally, I'll pass on the 3D TV experience. I'd probably end up loosing those special glasses.

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If you watch a % it will give you a headache. It adds a bit of eye strain. When watching 1 movie most will not notice, but playing games for hours or watching multiple movies.... The average person will be just fine. Limit the hours a consecutive watching of 3D material. If prone to seizures discuss with your doctor. (triggers)

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I think they're about as safe as any other television. Depends on how high up it is before it falls on you.

@jkalpowsky - you're referring to the Prop 65 warnings on damn near everything, yes? Yeah, it was one of those cases where a good idea goes awry..

"Hey, let's make it so that folks that use dangerous chemicals have to put labels on, so folks will be safe! If they have detectable amounts of known carcinogens, they have to put up a sticker! No more unexpected asbestos! Awesome!"

Ten years later:

"Wait, so any area that's been used for smoking has detectable amounts of carcinogens? Well, that's fine if.. oh.. even outside ones? Dude."

Ten years after that:

"Oh come on now, browned meat has carcinogens? It's a tiny amount! You can't... yes, I KNOW it says 'any detectable amount'... But it's a hamburger!!"

And so on. As the ability to detect those tiny amounts increases, so do the number of places that have the signs.

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My friend and I find watching 3D in the theater exhausting, and we go see traditional "flat" versions of the movies when they are available. I also don;t get as much out of the movie, as my attention is being drawn to the visual effects instead of what's happening on the screen or in the story. I'm looking at the pieces of rubble flying at my face instead of the actors. I know having a 3D tv in my home would not make me happy.

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@secretagentman02: That is really cool but I can't understand how it would work for every game. Could I hook up an old N64 and play Golden Eye like that?

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@benyust2 no. Only 3D games will be 3D. Just like only 3D movies are 3D. You can get up-scaled from standard def to hi-definition, but trying to upscale regular video to 3D would = increased eye strain as they do not have enough information to make real 3D video. You can experience this in the theater. Check for movies not shot in 3d but showing in 3D. It's so-so, but not very good. The thing to think about is 3D is tricking you're eye's/brain to think it is seeing something more than it is. This is much easier when you have extra detail from more perspectives. Just as some are better at up-scaling content to Hi-Def you will eventually see some up-scaled 3d that will be watchable. Personally I like Panasonic dvd up-scaling. They do a really good job with it. I have a Panasonic 3-d capable Blu-Ray player, but no 3D tv. I might upgrade in 2-3 years, but the technology is to young for me. I prefer mature entertainment equipment.

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@intuitionx2: I think you totally missed the subject of those two posts:
using a 3d tv to display two separate 2d images at once, where player one would see his 2-d image, and player 2 would see a completely different 2-d image that he is playing.

It may even be possible for two shows/movies to be displayed on the same screen at the same time, and which of the two movies you see would be based on your setting on your 3-d glasses. Or even for me to play a video game while my kids watch sesame street, all on the same display.

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@benyust2: I'm not really sure how it's done either "for any game". I first heard about that particular development in relation to Uncharted 3's local multiplayer. Ever since, I've wanted a 3D TV (but can't convince my stingy self to get one).

Edit: After re-watching the video I linked, I see the trick that they're using: They are using a combination of modified passive glasses (2x "right" lenses in one pair, 2x "left" lenses in the other) and a TV setting to achieve the interleaving.

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@secretagentman02: Thats only the Sony Playstation Tv, other 3d tv's cant do it.