Back to the original topic: Read an article yesterday where the reviewer lived with a new 3D TV for three weeks. His conclusion: 3D is wonderful for games. Good for animatation. Not worth much for 3D TV channels like ESPN 3D. He also found the restrictions on viewing angles very annoying for normal TV viewing and didn't believe it would ever find wide acceptance with problems like that. His only hope for widespread acceptance of 3D was a glasses free technology. But he was very happy with the 2D picture quality of his 3D TV. Seemed to echo another review of 3D I read some time ago. That reviewer recommended buying a 3D ready TV because they were the top of the line in 2D picture quality.
Great observation. And I have been reading more and more on that more people are being exposed to 3D and not faring too well. I know I have to wait sometime, depending no how long I have been exposed, to get my ability for "real" world 3D back in sync. Johnny Depp didn't attend the opening of the last PotC, because it was in 3D and he can't see it. Which we are finding out that this is not a small cross section of the population. The current technology is just too archaic and rushed to market.
I'm seeing that more people are discovering this after they purchase without the forethought of any repercussions. It's just not something that one thinks about until after you have purchased, been exposed and are forced to realize. Sales hype is a very powerful thing. And what with the power of just a small amount of highly positive reviews, people jump. Luckily none of my clients want it. They are just not interested. Or if we do go with a 3D set, we don't do anything further on the 3D side. But max it out for 2D and leave it.
I have always known that "artificial" 3D is contrary to the human condition and that we just aren't there yet in the technology. Not saying that we we won't be . . . someday. But not just yet. What is really needed is "one" specification on the format so that development can be focused on it and no Betamax/VHS or DVD/BD squabbling. And the way manufacturers throw stuff on the market just to get the newest and latest out there whether it be try and true or not just adds to the mindset of "we'll work it out later" or "what they don't find out/realize until after the return period is over, won't hurt us".