Reusable Theater 3D Glasses Can Cause Pneumonia?

Posted: Jun 29 2010, 10:13pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2010, 12:07am CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets


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You might want to think twice before you put your hand into that bin of 3D glasses at the movie may contain contagious bacteria.
New York's ABC 7 local news reported on a study done by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute that looked into just how clean those reusable glasses are.

The research group tested seven pairs of 3D glasses. "We sent the swabs and all of the glasses to EMSL Analytical labs in New Jersey for further testing," said Carolyn Forte, a spokesperson for the group.

The glasses are supposed to be washed in sanitizing water before they can be distributed to new moviegoers. However, Good Housekeeping found germs on almost all of them.

"One pair... was contaminated with Staphylococcus Aurous -- that's a bacteria that can cause food poisoning, conjunctivitis, even pneumonia," said Forte.

The other six, though, did not contain any serious bacteria.

It is still a concern, though. Some theaters don't use reusable glasses and go for cheaper, disposable ones instead. Those glasses offer a lower-quality viewing experience, though.

Good Housekeeping suggests that people either bring alcohol wipes with them to clean the glasses or walk with them into the bathroom and wash them in the sink.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at




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