By Andy Sambidge
UPDATE 1: Watching 3D TV can give viewers epileptic seizures and strokes, company says.
The first 3D televisions are set to go on sale in the UAE next month, Samsung Electronics has announced.
Its new line-up of 3D TVs, including LED, LCD and PDP models, will be available to buy in UAE shops from mid-May, marking a new dimension in TV entertainment.
"In the history of television there have been many improvements. The first was black and white TV. Then came colour, stylish designs and bigger screens. Now we have the next breakthrough with the introduction of the revolutionary Samsung 3D TV line-up," said Ram Modak, general manager, Digital Media Business, Samsung Gulf Electronics.
"As of mid-May, consumers in the UAE will be able to enjoy 3D entertainment in their own living room," added Modak.
Samsung's new line-up includes innovative 2D to 3D conversion, one of Samsung's key features for the Middle East line-up.
With a combination of hardware and software, Samsung 3D TVs are able to convert the 2D content in real time that are translated by the glasses as a 3D image. Samsung's 3D TVs range from 40 to 46, 50, 55 and 63 inch.
However, the company has issued a
about the dangers of watching 3D televisions, suggesting that the technology can give viewers epileptic seizures and strokes.
"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. If you or any of your family has a history of epilepsy or stroke, please consult with a medical specialist before using the 3D function."
, Samsung adds, "If you experience any of the following symptoms, immediately stop watching 3D pictures and consult a medical specialist: (1) altered vision; (2) lightheadedness; (3) dizziness; (4) involuntary movements such as eye or muscle twitching; (5) confusion; (6) nausea; (7) loss of awareness; (8) convulsions; (9) cramps; and/or (10) disorientation."
Parents should monitor and ask their children about the above symptoms as children and teenagers may be more likely to experience these symptoms than adults, the electronics company recommends.
"We do not recommend watching 3D if you are in bad physical condition, need sleep or have been drinking alcohol," Samsung says.
In February, Japanese electronics giant Sony said it planned to bring a suite of 3D-compatible products to Middle Eastern households in 2010.
The firm showcased a number of products in Dubai, including 3D-compatible Bravia LCD televisions, Blu-ray disc players and home theatre systems.
Also in the pipeline, the company said, were firmware updates for the popular Playstation 3 console, allowing gamers to play ‘3D steroscopic’ games.
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