Research says stereoscopic 3D viewing on a smartphone can cause eye problems and headaches
The report, written by an Optometrist named Professor Martin Banks, was based on a test of 24 adults using a 3D smartphone. The test revealed that close viewing of a 3D stereoscopic display caused discomfort when users focused on the images closer to the screen. Images that appeared to be in the background caused fewer problems. When looking at 3D in a movie theater, things are reversed because of the distance of the screen from your eyes, and the discomfort there comes from background images.
Researchers are suggesting that a new study be set up that would include more participants including children, many of whom are using the same 3D technology found in smartphones with the Nintendo 3DS mobile game player. The latter device and the HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D/LG Thrill all have a control that allows the user to reduce the severity of a 3D image. Staring too long at a 3D display, or viewing the screen at a specific angle can cause discomfort, visual fatigue and headaches.
More 3D flavored smartphones and even some tablets with 3D functionality are bound to be launched in the next year. If this technology is to be more than just a fad, it would be important for manufacturers to continue to seek ways to offer 3D images with less potential damage to the eyes and with fewer headaches.
source: DaiilyMail via Pocket-Lint
1. Laurynas (unregistered)
Not a big surprise.
2. andro (unregistered)
I must admit after using a nintendo 3ds for a period of twenty mins or so i did noticed how tired my eyes had become,i'd have say it was the tiredness of 3-4 hours of normal computer use. My girlfriend couldnt handle the 3d at all,her eyes were sore almost immediately from 3d viewing.
3. wumberpeb (Posts: 414; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Showing customers the Evo3D will land you either of these two reactions...
"Dayyyum bro, that s**t be poppin! Look at this s**t man, thats hot! I'm gettin me one of these yo."
*having looked at the screen for 1.5 seconds
"Nah, that makes my eyes go crazy. Why would anyone want 3D on their phone anyways, thats just stupid man..."
5. Spear (unregistered)
Or a combonation of the two...
4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I guess that makes sense. I have a HTC Evo 3D since it came out on June 24th. I have still yet to get a headache. I mean I use the 3D in short bursts. The longest I have used it nonstop would be 30 min. I really don't have the time to sit & watch the whole Green Hornet 3D movie but from the 30 min bursts I felt fine. I guess if I spend hours at a time using the 3D then I guess it will give me a headache. (Don't know, haven't reached that limit yet.) It's with anything that you abuse, you eat too much candy you get a cavity, you eat too much bacon you get a clogged artery or worse, you drink & use too much drugs you die like Amy Winehouse. I guess only use the 3D in moderation & you should be fine! I have a HTC Evo 3D & I don't have any of the problems this article states. So people can live with 3D on their phones. Now if you are a fool who consistently keeps getting headaches from 3D & you still haven’t found a way to cope then that is on you.
11. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Talk about hypocrite. You where somebody who said antennagate was such a big deal because a call may be dropped and the iPhone is of bad quality. Then when something comes up about android and your health its no big deal. Even though I am an iPhone user and have never experienced antenna issues its a huge deal but your health who cares. You need to be cutting edge right because 3d is the future. If this was about an apple product you would jump. It won't ever be an apple product because they take there time test the product and make sure it won't damage your health. They new about a slight antenna problem but they also knew it wasn't a big deal. Android should really slow down and stop making phones of bad quality to just become cutting edge. There jealous of apple and are trying to one up them and things like this happen.
13. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)
but yet again google did not make the phone its HTC
14. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Im sayings its an android phone which it is. I know htc makes it which is a huge problem with android. Anyone can make a android device and it can be bad. Only apple can make a ios device which means the software is made for the device. I am not saying its googles fault i know it the manufacture's fault.
16. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
The reason i say android and not htc is be ause other companies have 3d so its unfair to single out htc.
21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Dude you are so narrow minded. Antennagate was because of faulty equipment. 3D is something that the individual subjects themselves to. 3D is only bad is you abuse it. Antennagate was just bad design. So there goes your stupid Apple comment on how Apple tests everything so it doesn't damage your heath. What?!? lol That is funny biophone. Apple's poor design is not the same as abuse of 3D. With the 3D you can shut it off if you like, with Antennagate that is something that you could never turn off. All you need to do is as Steve Jobs says & hold your iPhone correctly. lol biophone that is such a stupid argument. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. There is no correlation what so ever. iSheep always hoping around not making sense. lol
22. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
biophone.. 3d is a feature that can be turned on or off on an otherwise exellent piece of hardware.
antennagate was a huge design flaw by a company who's responce was "your holding it wrong". And then after weeks of bad press issued bumpers to "some" of their customers instead of fixing the design problem.
apples and oranges man.. apples and oranges.
25. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
There shouldn't be a feature on a phone that people can hurt themselves with normal use aka watch a movie. People should be upset by this but there not of course. However people are outraged if you grip your phone hard you can lose a bar or two. I know right apples and androids.
12. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)
damn bro did you really have to throw in the amy winehouse thing in there. thats f**ked up
23. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 296; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
just saw that too. Dam bro, can you say too soon?
24. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I am sorry. I was making a point of abuse & no better way to make my point then what just happened with Amy Winehouse. It's a sad story, but it was also a needless death. She didn't have to die, but she didn't take her life seriously. You only have one life in this Earth & if you are going to throw it away because you are partying WAY TOO HARD the that is on her. It's not like she was murdered or something, this was self inflicted. This is more sad than tragic!
6. PhoneLuver (Posts: 463; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)
I think it has to do with the frame rate. 1080p at 30 frames per second for 2D is great, but 3D content at 30 frames will cause headaches and fatigue mainly because our brains are still able to detect the individual frames and have to work harder to stitch the video together.. I think they're working on 48 to 60 frames per second to alleviate the strain on our eyes.
7. Yo (unregistered)
I'm one of those that can't even look at the screen for a few moments before my eyes start giving me problems. I can watch a movie with the glasses fine and I can play video games all day with no issue but when it comes to this glasses free 3D stuff, I can't handle it.
9. Phonecall01 (Posts: 113; Member since: 02 Apr 2009)
I have the 3D and I does take some getting use to. But once you find the correct distance to look at the screen, It's a lot of fun to play with. Definitely not for everyone. Also doesn't do too well on closeups.
This youtube video looks amazing the EVO 3D:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
10. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I feel 3d was rushed way to soon. This is a theme with android of late. Perfect your products like apple does android don't waste you time with the spec wars.
17. Heatfan316 (unregistered)
Typical arrogant fanboy, I know because the iPhone is just so much better then the evo3d yeah right.Your just mad that apple didn't come out with 3d first, yeah I know you hate 3d that's what your going to say next, bulls**t your a hater.
18. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I am not a fanboy as i do like android. I dont like the fact that androids a being released with 3d that can be harmful to your health. Is that so wring to expect such a thing from a phone. Your right i am mad a company produces an unsafe product so that makes me a fanboy because i am upset apple didnt come out with this first.
19. Heatfan316 (unregistered)
Your right i see your point
15. EA (unregistered)
Own the evo 3d. i bought it because of its specs not the 3d. i hardly use the 3d futures but when i do the 3d does mess with my eyes and it eventually leds to a headache.
20. yungmel0 (Posts: 25; Member since: 18 Jun 2011)
I also have the 3D should I trade it in for the Photon 4G next week or stick with this???