3D Smartphones Not So Smart?

It may be the latest in gadget equipment, but according to a report in The Daily Mail, they might actually be causing eye damage as well as headaches.  What happens is, the screen is requiring additional focus from the eyes to be able to “adjust to the distance of the content.”  This is known as “vergence-accommodation.”  Through experiments, it seemed that people were encountering discomfort when they saw short distance displays “in front of the screen rather than behind it.”

Significant Discomfort

According to Professor Martin Banks, an optometrist, “discomfort associated with viewing stereo 3D is a major problem that may limit the use of technology. We hope that our findings will inspire more research in this area.”  Increasingly, businesses are now using 3D technology for putting commercials on huge screens and cereal boxes.  Some furniture stores are even helping people make their selections through “an immersive online 3D experience.”

More 3D Usage

Currently there is now a 3D commercial for the iPad.  It seems that there is no blip in trying to find innovative ways to use 3D.  Anything digital – TVs, movie theaters and digital billboards – are getting 3D content.  But now there is evidence to suggest this could be problematic to the viewer.  These results were published in the Journal of Vision.

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