Astropad’s Luna Display (finally) ships with Windows support

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NS Astropad. se luna display There is a clever product that enables you to use your iPad as a second display. It originally only launched for the Mac, but Apple launched a competing product, leaving the company in trouble for a few years. Today, it is also available for Windows machines, completing AstroPad’s pivot into a multiplatform product.

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To say that the company has had a tough time getting its products to market would be the understatement of the century. We are following the company and its product for its long and difficult path. The company originally launched its product about five years ago, then added a wireless module back in 2018 to get rid of pesky wires. Its rapid rise to stardom came when Apple launched Sidecar back in 2019, effectively discontinuing Luna’s product, and sending the company into crisis mode.

To its credit, the company and its founders have been good at being transparent with their offerings. Once Apple beat it at its own game, the founders kept the lights on and announced a year ago that it was set to work on a Windows product instead, boosting its product development. A $400,000 Kickstarter Project.

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The red dongle on the left side of the computer is the Luna Display. Here, it’s throwing on the iPad working as a secondary display wirelessly. image credit: astropad

As part of the Kickstarter project, AstroPad originally promised a May 2021 launch, but as things progress in the world of product development, the company and its 6,000 Kickstarter backers were treated to several delays along the way. Gaya. It’s been a long time to come, but with version 5.0 of Luna Display, the Windows product is finally here. On paper, at least, the product looks promising; The Luna dongle plugs in and communicates with the Mac or Windows operating system, unlocking iPad support for gestures, the use of the Apple Pencil and external keyboard. The company claims a latency of only 16ms. Not as good as the 9ms latency Apple claimed for its Sidecar product, but it’s fast enough for most use cases that don’t require real-time input. In other words, don’t expect the display to do heavy-duty design work or gaming, but showing a Chrome tab or Word document will work perfectly fine.

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The company claims that its customers are struggling for Windows support with a total of 8,000 pre-orders. There is no doubt that its patient and loyal followers will be delighted that they can finally make their mark on the product they have been waiting for.

The solution supports a few different modes of operation – you can use an iPad as a secondary display, you can use another Mac (including older devices) as a secondary display, or you can use the product as “headless”. mode”. In this configuration, you can use your Mac or PC as the primary display for your desktop Mac – such as a Mac Mini or Mac Pro.

To build the software stack powering the solution, Astropad relied on the Rust programming language. For fans of such things, The company’s CEO Matt Rong did an interesting deep dive into the pros and cons Using a relatively new language to create a low-latency solution.

“With Rust, we will have a high-performance and portable platform that we can easily run on Mac, iOS, Linux, Android and Windows,” says Rong. “Not only will this expand our potential market size, but we will also see many interesting new uses for our LIQUID technology that we will be able to pursue with our Rust based platform.”

Luna Display costs $129, and is Available directly from Astropad starting today, for both Mac and Windows using USB-C, Mini DisplayPort or HDMI connectivity.

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