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3D: technology of the future or a forgettable pastime?

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These past few years have been relentless when it comes to technology. Industries have been pumping out more and more innovative technologies to keep up with a progressing society. These various items have had their ups-and-downs throughout the years, but one of the big concerns of society today is 3D. It’s seen on movie headlines everywhere,
on most TV commercials you see, and even in your own friends’ homes. So, is it worth it? That decision depends entirely on the eye of the beholder, literally.

First concern of 3D: glasses. So, what’s the deal? Many people don’t want to wear clunky glasses while they’re watching the TV, and yet it may adversely affect the pop out of your 3D TV. Glasses are also commonly said to be extremely uncomfortable, making it hard to sit through one movie. Viewing angles also seem to be generally narrow; if you are sitting to the side of the screen you
will not be able to see the 3D effect as much as you would be able to see it if you were viewing the TV head on. Also a common problem is glasses with shutters. These glasses dim when the viewer’s face is towards the screen, but
the problem is that many of these glasses have a recurring issue of switching on and off consistently. The advantage of these shutter glasses, however, is that they do allow a wider viewing angle than regular passive glasses that do not
need to be switched on and off. The problem is shutter glasses tend to be more expensive than regular glasses, so if you need 3D glasses for an affordable price, I would recommend the passive glasses.

But we can’t fail to forget those items that do not require those overly large glasses. These certain items have created a wave of anticipation and excitement throughout the U.S., such as the Nintendo 3DS, which was released a few months
back. These glasses-free phenomena have been talked about constantly, but they hold their fair share of complaints as well. One of the common complaints is the way these glasses free devices strain your eyes. This “stereoscopic” 3D, as
it’s called, creates a certain depth that seems to travel into the device instead of popping out at you. This fascinating effect has seemed to cause eye strain and mild nausea in some people. However, to the people who are not affected by this, congrats. There are many devices that have been known to cause this, such as the 3DS, as mentioned before, and certain 3D phones, such
as the HTC Evo 3D. Some people see stereoscopic 3D as gimmicky, another way for corporate giants to gain more profit. Whether you think this or not, it’s your opinion.

So, the question is, does it really look 3D? That is for you to answer. If you’d like to give 3D a chance, then go to your local store and pick something up. From there, the decision for the future of the third dimension lies entirely on
you.

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