Bitterwallet's Friday poll - what do you think of 3D products?
Yesterday I had a quick play with the LG Optimus 3D, the £500 3D smartphone due for release in the UK next month. While it fun to explore beaches and underwater coral in wacky bonkers 3D without wacky bonkers glasses, I struggled with the point of it. But then I've struggled with the point of 3D from the beginning; I got my first pair of 3D glasses on the cover of Look-In when I was a kid and my reaction was probably much the same as it is now - it's a gimmick that gets tired pretty quick.
The main problem for me is that the 3D market is entirely self-fulfilling - there was no consumer demand for 3D, it adds very little value to the content and it doesn't represent any significant, long-lasting step forward in technology. 3D purely exists in the here and now because it wrings more money out of the consumers - the 3D experience costs more at the cinema, it costs more to watch at home.
That's before you consider how poorly the 3D treatment in films is implemented - I had to watch the last 3D film without the glasses, because otherwise my eyes would have been strained out their sockets. And the health issues around Nintendo's 3DS may have been exaggerated by the media, but any product with the potential to cause nausea can hardly be considered a winner.
3D doesn't feel like the future for technology, more a sideways step to indulge the entertainment industry and shortchange the customer. Then again, perhaps I'm just annoyed that we're pissing about with 19th century novelty turns instead of cracking on with the holodecks.
So the question for the increasingly adhoc Bitterwallet poll concerns what you think of 3D. Would you buy a 3D product? Do you own one already? Vote away and let us know what you think in the comments.