The Cinera Immersion 3D Video Headset ($799) is purported by its marketers to be the device that will “disrupt the entire home theater industry.”
Optimized for a wide range of uses including home movie-watching, Internet-surfing, VR applications, video content streaming and video gaming, it was on demo in the recent Hong Kong Electronics Fair’s Startup Zone. It is Android-powered and has a dual-screen architecture consisting of two 2.5K LCD displays that offer a super-wide, IMAX-like field of view of 66 degrees.
The company explains that most headsets use a single screen, splitting it down the middle into left and right regions, leaving each eye with a square-like peephole with an aspect ratio of 0.89 – well shy of most movies’ aspect ratio of 2.39. That, the company explains, means that less than half of the screen can be used, rendering more than half the pixels useless, and causing image quality to suffer as a result. Cinera’s solution provides a unique display panel for each eye, with each panel optimized for movie-viewing and making use of more than 95 percent of all available pixels.
The company claims that the headset renders images that are three times the resolution of a movie theater screen and four times sharper than competitive headsets. The images are enhanced with high-quality immersive sound, and the headset has an HDMI input and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. It may be connected directly to a Blu-ray player via HDMI cable, and offers native support of 3D Blu-ray.
Available as options are a “burden-free” articulating arm that tethers to a table and a head mount.