Meet Cinera, A 5K Headset That Places IMAX Quality Right In Your Face
Juan Carlos Ropel, September 19, 2017
Cinera is the World’s First Cinematic headset TV designed for movie lovers, providing, as stated by the company: “the immersive audio and video experience of a movie theater . . . from the comfort of your own couch”. The project was financed as a kickstarter campaign aiming for $50,000 in funding but now it has reached over 500% of this original goal.
One of the main purposes of head-mounted displays was supposed to be offering extremely immersive home cinema viewing experiences, but most companies have focused on developing technologies for virtual reality and gaming.
Cinera aims to bring precisely this partly waylaid home theater functionality to our homes thanks to the high resolution of their two screens –one display for each eye– that combine to offer a 5K total resolution at an astonishing pixels per degree (PPD) of 39. This is essentially a measurement of pixels per degree of human vision and if the term sounds unfamiliar, let’s just say that in the Cinera, it’s nearly 4 times greater than what you’d get using the Oculus or Vive VR headsets that this new Kickstarter device sort of competes with. The Cinera headset basically comes with dual 2560 x 1440 displays and a wide 66-degree field of view, which the creators compare to delivering an IMAX theater experience in terms of perceived immersiveness. An average movie screen gives you an angle of about 54 degrees, while the Cinera will give you those 66 degrees. Furthermore, the company’s highly detailed Kickstarter page claims overall resolution improvements of 3X above what a high-end commercial cinema offers and 8X more than the resolution offered by the iPhone 7+ if it’s used in a headset.
The Cinera is basically an all-in-one home theater (except for the audio system) which mounts to your face instead of sitting against your living room wall, and integrates the processing capabilities of a 1.8 GHz Cortex A-17 CPU with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of Flash storage. The headset TV can play standard or 3D movies over its HDMI 1.4 port. The Cinera device also comes with a 9-axis gyroscope that is supposed to help you control drone cameras with a tilt of your head.
This headset works just like any smart phone, using an Android 6.0.1 operating system, so you can use the Google Play Store to download apps like Netflix, HBO GO or Amazon Prime Video and see your favorite series. Or if you prefer, the Cinera has USB, micro-USB, micro-SD and HDMI ports to connect other devices such as consoles or Blu-ray players. It also has WiFi-N, Bluetooth 4.0 and battery that lasts up to 4 hours. One problem for anyone interested in the Cinera for watching 4K UHD movies is that its HDMI port is 1.4 and it lacks HDCP 2.2, so you’ll be out of luck on that front.
Another major problem? The Cinera seems to be at least a bit on the uncomfortable and impractical side. There is no weight specified on the project’s otherwise detailed Kickstarter page, so we can’t really know for sure to what extent the Cinera will allow for watching a 3 hour movie comfortably. In fact, the creators of the device also offer the option of buying a rather clumsy looking articulated arm that supports the weight of the visor. But we can’t be sure of this until the Cinera start shipping units in November for a price starting at $299.
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