WITH an abundance of social networking websites, emails, mobile phones and other technologies further dragging us away from face-to-face contact with our fellow man, even the most shy of Finns might despair at the newest product guaranteed to keep you safely indoors on a Saturday night: 3D television.

That’s correct: the format that is currently reigniting squillion dollar profits for movie companies is coming soon to our living rooms, with Welho commencing testing of the format last year. As the number of television licenses here in Finland continues to wane, rest assured that the upcoming fourth annual 3D TV-CON being held in Tampere 7 – 9 June seeks to stem the tide.

3D television is already broadcast in a number of countries including South Korea and the USA, with keynote speakers from both countries touting its success at the forthcoming conference. Soon we can look forward to an onset of home 3D tellies on the market too, enticing buyers to open their wallets. All of the major brands should have a product on the shelves by the end of the year, with ambitions for 3D TVs making up over 50 per cent of all TV sales by 2012.

The successes of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland can soon also be replicated in the comfort of your well-worn couch with the arrival of 3D Blu-Ray players onto the market.

But hang on a minute. Do we really need to have everything in 3D? Who wants to have the latest exploits of Johanna Tukiainen spilling out into your living room in the third dimension? Is it so hard to go outside and pick up a football, instead of sitting down indoors and feeling like you’re actually out on the pitch with the players? Furthermore, the numerous wars raging around the world are difficult enough to stomach as it is before being shown in 3D realism. Should everything in this world be served with a bucket of popcorn?

James O’Sullivan