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3D Televisions? How About 3D Computer Monitors?

by Sean P. Aune | March 9, 2010March 9, 2010 7:15 pm PST

The onslaught of 3D media seems to know no ends.  As if the number of films coming to the theater wasn’t bad enough, and 3D TVs hitting store shelves in the United States right now, now we have to consider how they might change our computing experience.  Are we ready to have our spreadsheets jumping out at us in lifelike realism?  Wow, think of the possibilities with YouTube … never will you feel closer to someone falling down the stairs while others laugh!

samsung2233rzSamsung seems to be the company that is the most in love with with 3D technology, and the company announced back at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) that it would be releasing a 3D computer monitor this April.

The first one released will be a 22-inch widescreen monitor named the Samsung 2233RZ.  It will be able to do 2D and 3D, and will work with the GeForce 3D Vision graphics card, and will display graphics in 2D or 3D.  The suggested retail price will be $349.

Are we ready for this?  As I mentioned a while back, I’m concerned about constant 3D eyestrain from all of this use.  People were getting headaches just from watching Avatar, which was less than three hours, now imagine gaming with a computer monitor only a few feet from your face for five or six hours.  Are you prepared for those kinds of headaches?  Are you sure eyesight will be able to handle it, and you won’t be doing lasting damage to your eyes?

The technology has been around in some for for decades, but this new version that uses polarized lenses is still too new to know what the last effects of prolonged use might be.  Just as there is no evidence that it will damage your eyes, there is no evidence that it won’t be either.  Wouldn’t it be better to err on the side of caution?

As someone with already poor eyesight, I just can’t get excited about all of this 3D popping up in the world.  I already have enough problems without straining them even more by working with it on our computers all day.

What say you?  Are you ready for 3D coming into your computer experience?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...