CES 2011: DisplayLink App Turns iPad into Second Windows Monitor

Today at CES, DisplayLink announced an app for the iPad that will turn it into a secondary monitor for a Windows-based PC.

Look ma, no iOS!

Features of the new DisplayLink App include:

  • Quickly and reliably creates an interactive, secondary wireless display for your PC with the iPad. Complete Windows 7, Vista, and XP compatibility.
  • Operates in true, uncompromised Windows 7 Aero mode.
  • Configuration using the DisplayLink Windows graphics display utility
  • Connect and disconnect – display repositions automatically

If you’ve connected another display using DisplayLink’s USB virtual graphics technology already, the iPad will then become the tertiary display. Like mentioned above, Windows 7 Aero mode is confirmed as working, but DisplayLink urges people to use the app for office and productivity applications rather than games and video playback, or quite simply tasks that require high data transfer speeds.

"The productivity benefits of multiple displays has been proven, so leveraging the idle screen of the iPad while computing is ideal for parking and for running applications like instant messaging, e-mail, social networking, Web browsing, and other business tools to avoid constantly switching views on the laptop screen," said DisplayMate in a statement.

The app, priced at $1.99, works with Windows XP, Vista and 7 but requires an iPad that is updated to iOS 3.2 or later. It’s available on the iPad app store so head on over, or just click here.

Published Date: Jan 08, 2011 01:16 am | Updated Date: Jan 08, 2011 01:16 am