Astro’s Luna Display hardware dongle is a dream for anyone who wants their iPad to act as a second display for their Mac – without cables. Now, the company has revealed a smart update that turns your front iPad camera into a neat contextual button that gives you access to various features without interrupting your user interface.
The Camera button, basically a way to hide the extra UI features Astro wants to add to Luna, is aimed at creative and experienced pro users. To access a tray of menu items that let you adjust screen brightness and change screen layout quickly and easily, simply place your finger in front of the iPad’s camera using the Luna app.
Luna Display is a small USB dongle that plugs into your Mac, which works by connecting to apps on your iPad to turn it into a second screen for your computer, with no lag and outstanding visual fidelity. Luna displays are also sold complete with touch input and support for the Apple Pencil.
This is really cool iPad hardware and very useful, turning something that isn’t a button into one without the need for any other hardware or Bluetooth accessories. To maintain user privacy, Astro also blurs the incoming image from the camera when tapping into the hardware to ensure anonymity. Additionally, Luna incorporates the same functionality into the iPad’s volume buttons if you’d rather not use the camera this way.
This Astro Luna is simply awesome, and everyone hopes that Astro Luna is allowed to be lyrical (Apple sometimes reacts negatively to its weird hardware usage). Luna is still on Kickstarter ahead of its consumer launch.