The folks over at Cinera plan to create a new headset based movie watching experience, and Kickstarter fans appear to agree with them. The Cinera goal of $50k was smashed with over $255k.
Cinera is not a VR headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Cinera is intended as a movie and video game viewing device. However, this is not intended to replace your 42" TV but to simulate an IMAX theater.
The headset consists of Dual 2.5K Resolution (2560 x 1440 x 2) screens with a 66-degree field of view. Remember this is not intended to replace all your vision as VR attempts to do with the Rift/Vive over 100-degree field of view. Instead, the Cinera projects a massive IMAX like screen in front of you. The pixel count visible in this smaller viewable area is 39 Pixels per degree vs. 10 for the Vive and Rift.
The Cinera is powered by a Quad-Core Cortex-A17 (up to 1.8Ghz) and runs on Android 6.0, supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and plentiful ports including an audio Jack 3.5mm, 1x Micro USB, 1x Micro SD Card Slot, 1x HDMI Input, and 1x USB 2.0
You will be able to watch video from the following sources as well as any HDMI source:
- BluRay/DVD Players
- SD Card
- Apple TV
- Desktop PC
The Kickstarter package starts at $399 for the headset and the swivel arm and includes:
- 1x CINERA set, 50% off retail price
- power charger
- micro-USB arm
- burden-free arm
- ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Nov 2017
Notable points to look for with Cinera
- It is BIG.
- There is an optional swivel mount meaning this may either by heavy or uncomfortable
- The headset at $399 (50% off) comes with the swivel arm, but not the head strap to attach to your head
- Head mount is an additional $49
With questionable ergonomics and a potential price of $699 then the device is competing with the likes of the Royole Moon Mobile Theater which also comes with integrated headphones and is fully portable for planes and trains. I will reserve judgment on this for now...