A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
What if you could have the immersive audio and video experience of a movie theater . . . from the comfort of your own couch?
The headset that’s about to disrupt the entire home theater industry.
If you love movies, you know that home theaters have long been playing catch up with movie theaters themselves.
Few things are more relaxing than watching the movies you love from the comfort of your own home, on your own time and without spending a dime.
But when you manage to overcome the inconvenience and expense of getting into a movie theater, it’s a cinematic experience like no other.
What’s a movie lover to do?
With CINERA, You Can Have It All
When you put on CINERA goggles, you enter another world.
Imagine standing in the center of your favorite film. The action happening all around you, sound flying past your ears.
Imagine combining your favorite stories and games with the immersive power of VR, regardless of genre and no matter how they were originally made.
With CINERA, you can dive into it all, watch it all, play it all, hear it all. And you can do it from your own home.
The CINERA Difference
At CINERA, we look at things differently.
Instead of asking how we can make your home cinema more like a movie theater, we asked how we could make your home movie-watching, show-streaming, video-gaming experiences better?
All Of Your Favorite Media In Stunning Detail
Dual 2.5K Resolution (2560 x 1440 x 2)
With ground-breaking dual 2.5K displays, CINERA is a pioneer in the headset industry. You’ll enjoy all your favorite media at a resolution 8X that of an iPhone 7+ . . . and 3X that of a movie theater screen!
Check out this video to see what we mean.
Get Into the Action with the Best 3D
Before, the only way to get a high-quality 3D movie experience was at the theater. Now you can watch 3D even better from your couch.
To give the illusion of 3D, most movie theaters project two distinct images onto the same screen through polarizing filters. Your big, plastic glasses filter out the images so one eye sees only one version.
In this process, you lose more than 75% of the light—and the images never quite match up. This is why you often lose the crispness of the images, and why some people even feel nauseous.
BETTER 3D THAN THE MOVIE THEATER
CINERA's dual-screen architecture eliminates this problem entirely. Its native stereoscopic display system means each of your eyes has its own individual display panel and light path, there is no filter and no loss of quality. So you can to enjoy brighter, more vivid 3D images than ever before.
See More Than Ever With Super-Wide Field of View
ENTHRALLING SCREEN SIZE
A lot of the reason why movie theaters provide such an enthralling experience is because you feel immersed in the film.
Typically this is done by making a physically larger screen. However, bigger doesn’t always mean better.
Your vision consists of two portions: a central portion (30 degrees in either direction of the center), and a peripheral portion (the rest of your vision range).
Even though we perceive objects in our peripheral area as blurred, making an experience truly immersive requires that the visuals extend into that space.
After extensive testing, we believe we have found the perfect combination of clear image and the feeling of immersion: 66 degrees.
Never Miss a Detail
Dual Screen Solution
Most existing headsets use a single screen and split it down the middle into left and right regions. This leaves each eye with a square-like peephole with an aspect ratio of 0.89.
If you’re wondering why this feels so inadequate, it’s because most movies have an aspect ratio of 2.39. So when you play a movie on a typical headset, to keep the ratio, only about 47% of the screen can be used—rendering over half the pixels useless.
With more than half the pixels out of commission, it’s no wonder the image quality suffers.
To give you the highest quality display ever, CINERA provides an entire unique display panel for each eye. Each of these panels are optimized for movie-viewing, letting more than 95% of all the pixels shine.
More Pixels, More Quality . . . Or Not?
You probably have heard of PPI, or Pixels Per Inch. (Most of us became familiar with the term thanks to Apple’ retina display.)
While PPI can be a helpful stat, it doesn’t tell the entire store. PPI only illustrates the pixel density of a display—not necessarily what the human eye can actually see. Your sight can be affected by a handful of other factors, like distance to the display or optical lens.
PIXELS PER DEGREE (PPD)
Instead, a more efficient way to measure display quality is with PPD—Pixels Per Degree.
PPD translates to the number of pixels per degree in human vision. The higher the number, the nicer quality image you get to enjoy. Here are a comparison of PPD between CINERA and several other headsets:
All of the Action, None of the Pressure
Enjoy CINERA with the Burden Free Arm
We added an all-new functionality that allows the arm to connect to the goggles from either the top OR the bottom. Check out these short videos to watch it in action.
The last thing you want when you’re watching your favorite media to get fatigued.
Most headsets require you to put the entire stress of their product on your head. This can be burdensome over long stretches of time, leading to discomfort or even health issues.
We totally eliminate this problem, with hands-free CINERA arm.
BRING THE POWER OF THE MOVIE THEATER TO YOUR COUCH
Finally—the comfort of your couch with the high-quality movies you love. With the zero-stress hands-free arm, you’ll be more relaxed than ever.
WATCH MOVIES HOW YOU WANT
With its a easy-to-use built in pump, you can move Cinera to practically any position without a lot of force. You’ll enjoy complete freedom—watch standing, sitting on your couch, or even lying down flat.
PROTECT YOUR HAIR STYLE
Okay, maybe it’s not the first thing you think of when you hear “movie experience.” But it’s true—headsets destroy hairdos.
Someone’s solution was to shave his head! But don’t worry, we’re not going to let you go that far. With the burden-free arm, you’ll end the movie with the same gorgeous hair you had at the start.
BONUS: CONTROL YOUR DRONE CAMERA WITH STYLE
See Why People Love CINERA
A Note From Our Designer
FPV Head Mount
When you aren’t watching movies, Cinera’s First-Person View (FPV) head mount is perfect for flying your drones.
Embedded 4-Hour Battery (with head mount)
You’ll be controlling your drone’s camera with a tilt of your head in no time!
Upgrade Your Personal Entertainment
Connect with your favorite devices and applications to take your entertainment to the next level.
WATCH YOUR FAVORITE STREAMING SHOWS
Easily install your favorite streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and HBOGo. You’ll instantly be able to enjoy the content you love in a gant screen way bigger than your local movie theater.
As another option, you can also play files from your local video archive either using a micro-SD card or your network server.
CONNECT WITH HDMI
Hook up your favorite Blu-ray player, gaming console, or computer with Cinera’s HDMI Input to take your gaming from the little screen to the silver screen.
You feel surrounded by the story—like you’ve been invited for a couple hours to leave your own life and enter someone else’s. No home theater system could ever come close to the enthralling screen size, the gorgeous detail, the heart-racing surround sound.
All the Details
* We plan to upgrade CINERA HDMI from 1.4a to 1.4b . We got many requests urging us to upgrade HDMI so as to fully utilize Cinera’s 2.5K ultra high resolution displays. We heard you. Based on our engineering team’s evaluation, it CAN BE DONE! We are working to upgrade Cinera’s HDMI from 1.4a to 1.4b, which supports 2.5K resolution input.
However, this is still a preliminary analysis, which requires further reviewing and testing. We will release a final update before the campaign ends, so our backers can make a final decision then. But we suggest you to pledge as soon as possible, as the super early bird units are almost all gone
CINERA and all the Accessories
01: Cinera Headset
02: Power Adapter
03: Micro USB Cable
04: Burden- Free Arm
05: 2-in-1 Mouse and Keyboard Remote (STRETCH GOAL!)
06: FPV Head Mount (Purchased Separately)
What they say about CINERA
Hello from the CINERA team!
Cinera, Inc., is incorporated in Newark, Delaware.
The company was founded in 2014 by a group of enthusiastic and passionate entrepreneurs who love movies and technology, and is scheduled to launch its first product—a head-mounted personal theater system—in the summer of 2017.
Cinera Inc.’s mission is to revitalize the big-screen experience outside a movie theater, so movie lovers could enjoy movies with highest quality and great convenience with comfort.
We have unlocked our 1st stretch goal ! Join us in celebrating by casting your vote for the all-new Cinera color! Backers can use the survey below to cast their vote—so be sure to back us now if you want your voice to be heard!
We have reached 200K in funds pledged, exceeding our expectations and as such, we are so excited to announce an upcoming stretch goal and new item for all backers: the Cinera 2-in-1 remote control.
The CINERA 2-IN-1 REMOTE CONTROL is the perfect tool to complete your home theater experience and keep the control in your hands. All backers will have the opportunity to add a 2-in-1 remote control to their purchase in the post-campaign Kickstarter survey.
When we hit 500k, a Cinera remote control will be added to ALL backer levels for free! It’s our way of saying thank you for your continued support.
All of Cinera’s major features are developed and are in the fine-tuning stage.
We’ve produced about 50 prototype / test units to iron out all the potential challenges in assembly before making out tooling.
We expect to start production of the tooling in September 2017, and mass production in November 2017. We are very confident the Cinera headsets will be shipped and on their way to you by Christmas 2017!
Events and Demos
In April 2017 CINERA attended HardwareCon in San Francisco.
There, our team demoed prototype v3 to attendees from every part of the world. CINERA left an extremely strong impression, and we are proud to report that CINERA's design make it very flexible for various sizes of faces and different distances between pupils.
In July 2017, CINERA attended RISE conference exhibition in Hong Kong.
There, our team demoed our latest prototype, v5. We got many “Wow”s when people putting on our headsets. Our booth quickly became one of the most crowded!
(Yes, we got bored and started to make faces when people were experiencing our products, because once they put Cinera on, they didn’t want to take it off! :) )
Risks and challenges
As early as the design stage, many crowdfunding campaigns persuade backers they are legitimate using only words and mock-ups.
However, people are understandably skeptical about promises made by tech and home theater companies. CINERA promises to be more beautiful, more effective, and more enjoyable than ever before, and we understand that this may seem too good to be true.
So, to provide our backers with reassurance that this is the real deal, we delayed our campaign until far into product development. Now, our demo units have even appeared (and impressed!) at various consumer and media events.
We are ready to mass produce, and that’s why we need your help.
All CINERA’s major features are complete. However, we acknowledge that there is risk in going from prototype to mass production. We are doing everything we can to mitigate the risk.
For example, we have already manufactured about 30 full units for demo and evaluation purposes. During this exercise, we critiqued and tested our design from the perspective of quality control and assembly, and we are confident in our decision to move forward.
We need your help acquiring the capital necessary for producing the tooling, which will start immediately after the campaign. We have worked through the timeline and all possible hiccups extensively, and we are very confident that shipment will commence at the end of November or early December.