When Will 3D TV Affect Our Lives?

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The 3D TV Experience
Photo from Samsung

So if you're like me, you've been seeing those ads for Samsung's new 3D TV and thinking, "Great, here's another major techy purchase I'm going to have plunk my hard-earned cash down on."

I mean, we're already dropping an extra five bucks a ticket to see Alice In Wonderland and How to Train Your Dragon in 3D on the big screen. Of course it's going to invade our homes.

But it doesn't have to be that way. Yes, all the big tech companies are announcing that 2010 is the year of the 3D TV.

A word to the wise: wait! At least till the end of the year, if not longer. It's too soon for 3D TV to become enmeshed into our daily lives. The technology is still very young, and they're still working out the kinks. As the do so, these TVs will go from the $2000-plus range into a more manageable (but still outrageous) $1000-plus.

I know. I learned the hard way with my still-lovely but undoubtedly over-priced HD flat screen TV. My husband and I tend to be excitable early-adopters-in-training, so we dropped the cash on the technology before it was refined (read: cheap). Now, just a little over a year later, we could get a much better, more streamlined screen with all the new do-dads (like streaming Internet and Netflix!) for a lot less money. But we were over-eager, and are learning to take our time with such technology.

Also -- 3D isn't for everyone, including those that are drunk, pregnant, or just really, really tired, according to PC World magazine. In fact, that warning comes straight from Samsung, the first makers to mass-produce the 3D TVs. Apparently, the 3D images can cause disorientation, dizziness, blurred vision or even seizures in children, pregnant women, those under the influence of alcohol, or sleep-deprived individuals.

And most folks who've seen a 3D movie at the theater will realize that while cool, it can be an exhausting experience. So give it a minute. Let them smooth out the kinks and bring the prices down to Earth. Because 2011 can still be the year of 3D for you and yours.

But if you must rush into it, at least do your research first.

Are you going to buy a 3D TV?

 

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