I already have two monitors at work for my day job, but I recently discovered that with a $10 app, I could use my iPad as a 3rd monitor! So of course in DIY fashion, I had to see if I could fabricate a mount for the iPad that attaches to one of my monitors.
OK, so I may like doing manly things like welding stuff out of steel in the garage, but I am still a super-nerd at heart. I deal with large spreadsheets all day long at work and have a seriously deficient short term memory. I can’t remember an 8 digit serial number, switch screens, and type it back in to save my life. So I use multiple monitors to help me go A LOT faster.
When I recently figured out that somebody had made an app to use an iPad as a monitor, I immediately bought it. It is called “Twomon” and is available in the app store. My laptop was previously unable to run 3 monitors because it didn’t have a videocard that was capable. The Twomon program creates a virtual display driver and channels the video through the iPad USB cord. A little finicky from time to time, but for a grand total of $10, it exceeds my expectations.
So now, on to the fabrication! An iPad doesn’t work very well as a monitor if you can’t put it at the right angle to see. So I needed to come up with a solution. Of course, I could go out and buy an adjustable mount, but that is too easy when I have a garage full of tools at home.
So there you have it. A quick way to make a DIY iPad monitor mount from scratch. Not only did you save yourself some money, but you most likely learned something in the process. Congratulations, have yourself a beer. In my case, I poured one of my just finished home brewed Belgian Blondes.