3DTV – Not there Yet

By on June 23, 2010
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Looking to buy a 3DTV? I don’t think it’s a good idea just yet.


I remember the first wave of 3D back when I was a kid. Going to the cinemas, wearing those red and blue glasses and ducking when something was thrown at you was extremely impressive- at least for a kid. The 3D continued in school stationary where I would wow or be wowed as animals moved and dancers swung.

Today’s 3D is definitely a lot more complex. Watching Avatar or How to Train Your Dragon in a theatre in 3D is certainly a good experience but I’m not sure if 3DTVs are worth the hype or the price. In a theatre, you have a very controlled experience with no distractions and time is restricted. At home, my TV is probably on for a good six hours a day out of which, I barely watch it for an hour and that too with continuous interruptions.

I call it background TV- as in the TV is playing while I do other things such as use my computer, read the newspaper or talk on the phone. Now imagine if I had a 3D TV displaying 3D content- I would be in a constant operation of putting those glasses on and removing them. That itself is an annoyance that will probably make me switch the thing off altogether. About the only time I am immersed in TV is when I’m playing a game which leads to the second issue- headaches!

Quite a few of my colleagues have mentioned eye fatigue and headaches within minutes of watching 3D content on a 3DTV. Its less with movies where you’re not necessarily continuously focusing but games that demand you continuous attention and that’s when it hits you hard. From what I know, the way 3D works is that the left and right side of the glasses alternatively turn on and off about 120 times per second fooling your brain into creating a 3D image out of 2D images. Just thinking about that gives me a headache!

I don’t think that 3D in its current form will become mainstream. I’m sure it’s a lot of fun to watch FIFA in 3D but come 11th July and you might see a dip in the sales of 3DTV. Yes, they can be used for watching good old 2D but are you willing to pay over AED 5,000 for a feature that you will hardly ever use?


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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