When it comes to our screen time, most home movie theater junkies seem to agree on one thing: bigger is better.
Whether it’s a film, video game, or sketch comedy, we want to be completely immersed in the experience. We want the action to wrap around us and make us feel like we are there.
The only problem? Most of us can’t afford (or fit) an IMAX screen in our basements.
A fancy new curved 4K/UHD TV can be a good substitute, if you’re willing to spend enough money to buy a nice used car. And of course, relatively cheap projectors have become the layman’s alternative, but unless your home theater room can be completely blocked off from light, your image quality is going to suffer. So what’s a movie lover supposed to do?
Introducing FOV: field of view technology.
What is field of view?
Unless you’re an optician or photographer, odds are good you’ve not heard of field of view. Field of view (or FOV) is the open, observable area a person can see with their naked eye or through an optical device. We measure it in degrees, both horizontally and vertically.
Each human eye has a horizontal (monocular) FOV of about 160 degrees. When both eyes work together (binocular), they can cover a total horizontal FOV of about 200.
But we’re not interested in total FOV—we’re interested in optimal. When you cut out our peripheral vision (the degrees where our binocular vision isn’t the most effective), the 120 degrees you’re left with is what’s called the “sweet spot.” This is where our vision is the crispest, cleanest, and the most in-focus.
Where does the FOV tech come in?
The sweet spot where the true immersion happens. The closer a screen can get to filling the entire sweet spot, the more it resembles what we see in our daily lives. And making that happen is what FOV tech is all about.
Currently, VR reigns king of FOV tech. But until we can shoot a film with a 360-degree camera, our movie-watching experience is going to be determined by two key factors: how big the screen is and where we sit.
What does that mean for my home theater?
Let’s say you go to the movies. Maybe you even get there early enough to swipe an optimal viewing seat right in the middle of the theater. What FOV are you going to have? 54 degrees. Splurge for IMAX? Bump that up to an impressive 70.
But let’s be honest. How often do you get to the movie theater? Today most of us prefer to save money and time by hanging out at home and turning on our favorite streaming film. How many degrees do we get then? A paltry 33. Max.
Here is the home theater secret sauce.
FOV-maximizing goggles. These goggles are where VR gaming meets your home theater and a great place to start is Cinera.
Cinera is a young company who is essentially pioneering a personal movie theater in a headset. Forget the curved TV—these goggles give you an impressive 66 degrees of beautiful, pure, unobstructed FOV from the comfort of their couch, every single time.
No cramped back corner seats. No stiff neck from staring straight up from under the screen. Just clean, immersive movie.
For any FOV fans out there, if you’re interested in learning more about Cinera, be sure to head over to Cinera’s indiegogo page. They’re raising funds now, so you can grab your own headset at a discount before anyone else.
Your home theater will thank you.