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.
Making the pattern
Before you start, you will need to look at your existing setup. See if your monitor has a place for you to mount to on the back. Mine had the standard VESA mount with four threaded holes which worked great. If yours doesn’t then you might have to come up with a mount that sits on the desk or clamps to the monitor stand.
Making the mount
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.
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