Texas Instruments (TI) commissioned an independent study of 3D displays in classrooms and found that kids learnt more with 3D.
The study, conducted by International Research Agency, put 740 10-13 year old students in front of TI’s stereoscopic 3D DLP projectors (the kinds with glasses) and 2D screens and found that children taught with 3D resources improved their studies more than those taught with 2D resources.
The research claimed that just over half of students taught with 2D screens improved between a pre- and post-test over around two months while a higher 86 per cent of the 3D students improved, and to a higher degree.
The enhanced engagement from young viewers is said to improve their concentration and involvement in the educational content.
While TI seems to be promoting its DLP projectors with the funded research, earlier research has spoken less favourably of 3D.
Research co-funded by Samsung and published the Journal of Vision earlier this year found that certain kinds of 3D TVs can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, eye tiredness and headaches.
Doctors spoke out against Nintendo’s auto-stereoscopic (no glasses) 3DS handheld because of the eyestrain it could cause youngsters. Nintendo features a warning against infants using the 3D function.