Cinera is a new headset product currently running a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter that promises to bring the experience of being in a movie theater in your home, and to actually make it even better. That said, Cinera promises to make watching movies with it better than using anything else for this purpose, a statement that is bold yet backed by the technical specs behind this gadget.
What is the need for Cinera?
Large cinema screens are great and all, but still the resolution and thus image quality isn’t even close to what was captured by the cameras so we are simply not getting the best result although we could since the media is of a higher quality. In addition to that, 3D movies can only be seen through plastic filtering glasses that are known to cause tiredness and also filter about 75% of the screen light. The overall experience when watching a 3D movie in the cinema is hugely degraded because of these glasses and projectors, and finally we also have a relatively limited field of view that only makes things even worse. As for smartphone goggle headsets, they are all using a splitting system that uses a single screen to pass the image through two peepholes, resulting in small aspect ratios for each eye and practically rendering almost half of the screen useless as it is not utilized. The natural result of this technique is to get a bad image quality even in the best case scenario.
Cinera is able to address all of the above problems and make your movie watching, gaming, or whatever else you need a screen for as seamless and high-quality as possible. It runs Android 6.0 on a quad-core Cortex A17 and MaliT-764 GPU, supports a wide range of connectivity and storage media elements, boasts a dedicated single high-res screen for each eye, and it can even be mounted on a freely moving adjustable arm that holds the headset in front of your eyes without straining your neck muscles and getting you tired (or messing up your hair). There is also a first-person view mount for when you’re flying your drones.
How it compares
- The dual displays’ resolution is 2560×1440 so it is three times more compared to a Movie Theater Screen, and eight times higher than the iPhone 7+.
- Cinera uses a stereoscopic display system so it can play 3D media while retaining a high illumination level. No eye-strain, no nausea, no blur. Just pure, awesome 3D.
- The headset covers a field of view that goes up to 66 degrees, covering the full range of the human central and peripheral vision, making the experience as immersive as possible. Cinemas typically offer fields of view of up to 54 degrees.
- Cinera pixel per degree rating which is a value that indicates the crispness and quality of the image is 39. For comparison, that of Oculus is 11.5, and that of Vive is 9.8.
I want one!
Cinera will start shipping this December as the testing phase of the 50 prototypes that have been built up to now has reached its final stages. This number was produced to convince people in exhibitions and tech fairs that Cinera can really do what is promises since the team behind the product found out that people were quite skeptical with it. If you want one, you can still order the complete pack early bird for $500, while the final market price by the start of 2018 will be set at around $800.