Never done 3D at a football games.

Apparently, the fine folks at ESPN do not read the Clog. Shame, because if they had, they’d be aware that 3D technology has been proven to cause “eyestrain, fatigue and headaches,” all of which we’re not really that fond of.

As if watching movies in 3D doesn’t suck enough, ESPN 3D has announced that two Cal football games — Oct. 6 at Oregon and Oct. 13 against USC — will broadcast in 3D.

To see the games, you’ll need a very pricey 3D-ready TV, meaning you can’t just sit at a bar wearing flimsy 3D glasses and expect anything to happen (although that would be extremely amusing to see). read more »


3077501478_5b2e100d0cDroid addicts, take heed — too much of that technology could be bad for your health. Just ask Martin S. Banks, UC Berkeley optometry and visual science professor and author of “The Zone of Comfort: Predicting Visual Comfort with Stereo Displays.”

According to a study conducted by Banks and his research team, the use of stereo three-dimensional devices demands a level of focus that brings about “vergence-accommodation,” which occurs when your eyes are trained on a flat screen while attempting to process 3D content at the same time.

The result? “Eyestrain, fatigue and headaches,” plus the need to tailor technology to suit consumer needs. The problem isn’t just limited to smartphones, either — 3D movies have the potential to cause just as much discomfort. So if you left “Harry Potter” with a pounding in your skull, it probably wasn’t just from sobbing hysterically into that hanky.

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