Toshiba highlights concerns over 3D TV

Toshiba has released a warning regarding the use of its glasses-free 3D television technology amid growing concerns over health risks for 3D technology as a whole.

Following a recent announcement by Nintendo that highlighted the possible adverse side-effects of viewing 3D that could affect children of ages six and younger, Toshiba has raised its own concerns in order to follow an electronic industry consortium recommendation.

As highlighted by the WSJ, a press release on the Toshiba website, which you can find here, heralded the firm’s plans to demo 56-inch and 65-inch prototype versions of its glasses-free 3D TV at the CES in Las Vegas.

In the small print of the release Toshiba has noted that “due to the possibility of impact on vision development, viewers of 3D video images should be aged 6 or older.” 

Exactly what the long term health implications could be are at the moment unclear, though researchers told Techeye last year that headaches and sickness could be some of the associated risks.

However, according to Yuji Motomura in Toshiba’s TV marketing department, the company is merely following an unnamed industry group’s recommendations over eyesight health for all 3D TVs rather than issuing a specific warning for these glasses-free products.

Other firms have in the past spoken up over similar warnings based on a Japanese consortium featuring major electronics names such as Samsung and LG, though it is not clear that it is in fact this group.

Of course Motomura does not believe that fears over health risks will impact on sales, with 12-inch and 20-inch products already on the shelves in Japanese stores in December, with a 40-inch model proposed to be on sale in March 2012.  It is thought that the product will also feature some of the highest quality 2D viewing, four times the resolution of contemporary High Definition TVs.