Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Orion Video System

Sebastiaan de With (Mastodon):

Today we’re launching a totally new, totally different app. Meet Orion.

Orion is a small, fun app that helps you use your iPad as an external HDMI display for any camera, video game console, or even VHS. Just plug in one of the bajillion inexpensive adapters, and Orion handles the rest.

It’s free with a $5 upgrade for extra features, and they get Amazon commissions on USB-C to HDMI adapters. The announcement omits any mention of connecting it to a Mac, but the App Store description does say this is possible. Presumably, since it’s just HDMI, it can act as regular primary display for a Mac, whereas Sidecar and AirPlay only work for secondary displays, and Duet Display needs a Mac app and an installation dance. Too bad Lux couldn’t find a name that wasn’t already in use.

Adam Engst:

What a lovely—and amusingly retro—hack!


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Still looking for options for a way to plug the USB-C to HDMI adapter into an iPad (Pro), that allow a power feed to be connected to the iPad as well.

I'm yet to find any Adapter, Dongle or dock that has 2 downstream type-c connectors - one for power, one for data.

Any way to download and use this on a Mac? The App Store won't allow downloads to an iPhone or Mac, and I don't have an iPad.

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