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3D TV the way forward?

March 30, 2010

This year’s big buzz word is 3D. 3D at the movies and now – 3D in your own home. There are even talks of a provisionally-named Nintendo 3DS, with 3D effects that can be seen without using  glasses, hitting the shelves this time next year. Films such as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland are proving to be hugely successful, but how popular will these home products be?

According to a recent survey, one of the main problems consumers have with some of these products, is the necessity to wear 3D glasses. As well as finding the glasses cumbersome and uncomfortable, worries were also raised about the possiblity of eye-strain or even migraine as a result of usage. Some users were even concerned that they would have to stockpile 3D glasses in order to have enough for visitors. I would be more troubled by the fact that they had the time to worry about stockpiling 3D glasses.

I agree that 3D glasses can cause discomfort and interference – It feels like a necessary evil, but is it really necessary? I see people in 3D every day. 2D at the movies feels like a treat!  Although the 3D hype and 3D glasses are likely to stay for the time being, I have a feeling that many people will eventually revert back to using good old-fashioned eyeballs.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. movienewsfirst permalink
    April 2, 2010 8:37 am

    The 3D glasses drive me crazy and since I saw Avatar & Alice in Wonderland, I left the cinema with a headache. So, no more 3D for me until they bring in this Nintendo 3DS. I agree, I don’t think we need 3D anyway. It’s a bit of a gimic at the moment.

  2. April 5, 2010 10:40 am

    Definitely don’t need it for most films. It doesn’t add to the experience in any significant way really – If they had those 3D cinema moving seats..now, that might add to it! Wait, those give me whiplash..

  3. April 5, 2010 7:36 pm

    I think the technology would need to develop significantly to justify/reduce the headache and the potential extra cost incurred.

  4. April 5, 2010 8:07 pm

    I went to see Clash of the Titans today in 2D. It was a fairly awful, but entertaining film – Definitely wouldn’t have been much improved by a 3D Perseus 🙂

  5. Paragraph Film Reviews permalink
    April 12, 2010 9:01 am

    Here’s a rant I posted on a local music forum the other day.

    I’m totally sick of hearing about 3D TV (and films) already. For the past two years every magazine, tech show and major manufacturer has been progressively ramming it down our throats. It will never be a financial success because even a simpleton like me can see so many hurdles that no amount of hype could overcome: no official standard yet, compatibility issues with current home equipment, a ridiculous high price tag, stupid glasses (unless you watch it on your own on some TVs), negative effects on people’s eyes/brain, and most importantly – being nothing more than a faddy gimmick.

    It’s failed so often in the past: 1950s, 1970s, it chipped away all through the 1990s to no great effect. This is the fourth coming of 3D and as mentioned earlier everyone’s trying to cash in by doing it on the cheap and botching it – which isn’t doing the effect any favours. (Note: This is in relation to poor ‘3D’ movies filmed normally then altered in post-production – Clash of the Titans!!)

    I simply can’t fathom why so many companies are ploughing millions into a doomed technology, that’s a niche of a niche. What’s even worse is that in the UK HDTV hasn’t really matured much in the past few years.

    The whole idea is supposed to be a novelty, everyone seems to be forgetting that!

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