As Samsung 3D TV enters the Australian market, the company simultaneously released an extensive list of health precautions that may discourage potential early adopters.
Warnings include cautions for young children, teenagers, pregnant women and the elders, as well as those under alcoholic influence and with epilepsy.
Elise Davidson, spokesperson from the consumer group Choice, said that health warnings that were released will possibly affect people's attitudes to adopting new technology at once.
People should and will start thinking twice about it.
Consumers should not rush and buy a 3D TV at once unless they feel that they really need one, said Davidson
If they fall into one of the risk groups for health issues, they will have a better idea whether they are going to be affected or not if they wait and see what happens.
Some of Samsung's released warnings include:
- Pregnant women, the elderly, sufferers of serious medical conditions, those who are sleep deprived or under the influence of alcohol should avoid utilizing the unit's 3D functionality.
- 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.
- Viewing in 3D may cause disorientation for some viewers. Accordingly, DO NOT place your TV near open stairwells, cables, balconies, or other objects that can be tripped over, run into, knocked down, broken or fallen over.
Davidson said that while the wait-and-see approach is advantageous in considering the safety and health concerns, it also takes in technical and financial considerations.
What we see with all these new products that hit the market is that performance and quality improves in a rapid pace and the price tends to drop sharply if you wait after six months to a year,