Samsung Warns of Seizure and Stroke Risks From Watching 3D TV

How far are we willing to go for entertainment? Its bad enough that most of us have been relegated to couch potato status a majority of the time, but we always want more. Thanks to such pioneers as James Cameron, the latest trend of 3D movies and television has taken the world by storm. Since its popularity began to rise in theatres and people were happy to shell out a few extra bucks to watch things pop out at them again, some electronics companies began to mass produce home TVs with 3D capability. Thousands of dollars more expensive than even the current high end HD TVs, and requiring the viewers to wear special glasses which are not cheap either, people are still flocking to it because its the new big thing.   News comes now though that there may be some more risks involved than you might think of with this new technology. Samsung issued a notice about their 3D TVs that warns of potential seizure risk, but not just for the normal people you might expect that warning to apply to. We all know that any sort of television can cause problems with those who suffer from epilepsy, but Samsungs warning spreads to a much wider audience.   Here is a small section of their release:   Some viewers may experience an epileptic seizure or stroke when exposed to certain flashing images or lights contained in certain television pictures or video games. If you or any of your family has a history of epilepsy or stroke, please consult with a medical specialist before using the 3D function.   If you experience any of the following symptoms, immediately stop watching 3D pictures and consult a medical specialist: (1) altered vision; (2) lightheadedness; (3) dizziness; (4) involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching; (5) confusion; (6) nausea; (7) loss of awareness; (8) convulsions; (9) cramps; and/or (10) disorientation. Parents should monitor and ask their children about the above symptoms as children and teenagers may be more likely to experience these symptoms than adults.   Viewing in 3D mode may also cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain, and decreased postural stability. It is recommended that users take frequent breaks to lessen the likelihood of these effects. If you have any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use of this device and do not resume until the symptoms have subsided.   We all know the risk of seizure for those susceptible to it, but stroke? Oh wait, theres more: Watching TV while wearing 3D Active Glasses for an extended period of time may cause headaches or fatigue. If you experience a headache, fatigue or dizziness, stop watching TV and rest.   Viewing in 3D mode may cause disorientation for some viewers. DO NOT place your television near open stairwells, cables, balconies or other objects that may cause you to injure yourself.   No risk, no reward I know, but this seems to be a pretty high price to pay for entertainment. For the full statement by Samsung, heres the link:  

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