Update 10/20 11:00am CST: 7,766 backers pledged $645,393 to help bring this project to life.
Updated 10/5 10:00am CST: Astro HQ has crossed the $500k/half million mark today from over 6,000 backers, making them the most successful tech kickstarter of 2017 with 2 weeks left in the campaign.
Updated 8/24 11:30am CST: Astro HQ is flying high as they breeze by a quarter million in crowdfunding capital in under 72 hours of the mission. This trajectory is faster than two previous big MN hardware wins Spark & SmartThings — both of which have sailed to great heights (and moved HQ from Minnesota to California).
Astro HQ, known for their signature design iOS app Astropad (and winning the 2015 Minnesota Cup Grand Prize), has launched a new hardware product via Kickstarter called Luna Display:
“Luna Display seamlessly extends your Mac desktop to your iPad, creating a wireless second monitor with stunning image quality. Available for Mini DisplayPort or USB-C, Luna sets up in seconds and instantly works with your existing Wi-Fi”
They intro’d the campaign under 24 hours ago, first offering it to current Astropad customers and have already garnered $70k+ from 900+ backers…with 57 days under the campaign to continue crushing it.
Created out of necessity (and clearly demand) — backers can pick up one of two peripheral adapters to turn their iPad into a fully functional wireless display. While there are preexisting solutions on the market, Astro HQ’s cofounder Matt Ronge maintains that nothing can come close to the quality they are offering via Luna Display, especially in terms of graphics.
“We didn’t expect it to happen this fast and by so much,” says Ronge. “We’re definitely in the hardware business now.” Backers who manage to get in on this pre-order can anticipate delivery in the spring, as they are targeting May 2018.
Luna’s trajectory is following that of previous hardware campaigns such as SmartThings and Spark; while both those ventures ended up moving headquarters to California, Astro HQ is similarly split though calls Minnesota home.