Open Multimedia UX Composition Engine and Platform
Build custom digital signs, video walls, touch kiosks and 3D GUIs for ARM hardware in just a few hours!
Lightwing is a scriptable composition and presentation engine for rapidly deploying custom digital signs, interactive touch-kiosks and 3D GUIs on low-cost, open hardware from many ARM i.MX6 board vendors.
Lightwing combines animated 3D objects, audio, video, text, touch controls, live RSS feeds and other dynamic data from the web. Content development and deployment is done using best-in-class open source tools like ffmpeg, Blender, Notepad++, OpenSSH and WinSCP.
Lightwing runs on both Windows and Linux. Content is developed on Windows, then deployed to low-cost ARM Linux players over a local network or over the web using optional RSA security.
Lightwing directly exploits the full-power of the GPU and VPU accelerators on the ARM i.MX6 processors (the best ARM processors on the planet) through OpenGL ES, without the bloat and months of development time required for the Qt, Android and browser platforms.
Lightwing ensures absolute control over your displays with better performance, reliability, low-maintenance and much better security than Windows, Android and browser-based solutions. Unwanted pop-ups and hack attacks are simply not possible with Lightwing because there are no security holes when its OpenSSH features are deployed.
Lightwing is available on bootable MicroSD cards for individuals and schools and volume licensing for business partners for deployment world-wide. Let’s disrupt your industry!
Create Content on Windows and Deploy to Low-Cost ARM Linux Players over the Web
Plain-text scripting makes building custom signs, interactive touch-kiosks and 3D GUIs with Lightwing easy. No XML, CSS, PHP or programming is used. Anyone that knows how to use NotePad++ and WinSCP can create custom digital signs or touch kiosks on Windows in just a few hours. Proprietary tools like Adobe are entirely optional and Lightwing content does not look like boring PowerPoint, web pages or video loops, either. Lightwing’s native 3D rendering makes dynamic content look amazing – like modern game consoles. Play the demonstration sign videos below to see for yourself, then download these demos to see how easy it is to get started scripting content for Lightwing!
Lightwing Outperforms Qt, Android and Browser Platforms!
Lightwing Screen Shots
Demonstration Sign Videos
To see Lightwing in action, play these videos of demonstration signs which were recorded on a Wandboard Quad i.MX6 player. Most of these demos can also be run live on Windows at 1080p when the Lightwing SDK is installed.
// Lightwing Hello Worlds Example Script. page: Mercury time: 1, 5 image: PlanetMercuryBackground transition: Fade text: OpenSansBold_100 time: 1, 4 fade: 1, 1 position: 50, 50 align: CenterCenter type: "Hello Mercury!" page: Venus time: 1, 5 image: PlanetVenusBackground transition: ZoomIn text: OpenSansBold_100 time: 1, 4 fade: 1, 1 position: 50, 50 align: CenterCenter type: "Hello Venus!" page: Earth time: 1, 5 image: PlanetEarthBackground transition: SpinIn text: OpenSansBold_100 time: 1, 4 fade: 1, 1 position: 50, 50 align: CenterCenter type: "Hello Earth!" page: Mars time: 1, 5 image: PlanetMarsBackground transition: Disk text: OpenSansBold_100 time: 1, 4 fade: 1, 1 position: 50, 50 align: CenterCenter type: "Hello Mars!" page: Jupiter time: 1, 5 image: PlanetJupiterBackground transition: Radar text: OpenSansBold_100 time: 1, 4 fade: 1, 1 position: 50, 50 align: CenterCenter type: "Hello Jupiter!" page: Saturn time: 1, 5 image: PlanetSaturnBackground transition: Burst text: OpenSansBold_100 time: 1, 4 fade: 1, 1 position: 50, 50 align: CenterCenter type: "Hello Saturn!" page: Uranus time: 1, 5 image: PlanetUranusBackground transition: Twist text: OpenSansBold_100 time: 1, 4 fade: 1, 1 position: 50, 50 align: CenterCenter type: "Hello Uranus!" page: Neptune time: 1, 5 image: PlanetNeptuneBackground transition: Curl text: OpenSansBold_100 time: 1, 4 fade: 1, 1 position: 50, 50 align: CenterCenter type: "Hello Neptune!" page: Pluto time: 1, 5 image: PlanetPlutoCharonBackground transition: Carousel text: OpenSansBold_100 time: 1, 4 fade: 1, 1 position: 50, 50 align: CenterCenter type: "Hello Pluto!" jump: Mercury
Lightwing Scripting is Easy – Yet Powerful!
To see more Lightwing scripting examples, visit the Scripting Tutorial, or download and install the Lightwing SDK and run them for yourself on Windows.
Lightwing SDK for Windows Download
Download the Free Lightwing Sign Development Kit for Windows to get started now! It includes everything needed to create and play digital sign and touch-kiosk content on Windows, including demos, tutorials, fonts, effects, animations and more. This package also includes several recommended open-tools for creating and deploying digital signs, including WinFF, ffmpeg, PVRTexTool, WinSCP, PuTTY and NotePad++. These tools are optional and can be chosen or unchosen during the install.
This is a professional installer which includes a comprehensive uninstaller so it can easily be removed at any time. There is absolutely NO malware of any kind on Montgomery One – Ever.
Lightwing SDK for Windows Download Version 1.1 Size: 202 MB Released: August 1, 2016 MD5 Checksum: c7ef793a625ceac75a571dc4e8449c4c
The Windows version of Lightwing is for developing and previewing content on Windows before deploying to Lightwing Linux players. The Windows version lacks some features including audio, video and automatic content updating. To deploy your content, purchase recommended i.MX6 hardware with Lightwing either pre-installed or on a bootable SD card. Lightwing is licensed per i.MX6 player with no subscription fees and no expiration. Free expert technical support is provided via the forum below.
Lightwing is still in active development and new features are coming soon, including support for multi-panel displays (video walls), social media, IoT, home and conference room automation control. Licensed users receive free updates via ZIP download. Stay tuned!
Lightwing Compatible Hardware
The WandBoard Quad and the Advantech UBC-DS31 are Recommended for Lightwing
Lightwing runs on the amazing ARM i.MX6, which is a highly-integrated, low-cost and modern processor with an ideal feature set for digital signage and touch-kiosks. It’s available from multiple board vendors featuring up to 8 processor cores, including 2 or 4 ARM Cortex A9 and dedicated 3D graphics and video accelerators and mounted in different types of enclosures. Either dual or quad-core versions of the i.MX6 are required because they have the better Vivante GC2000 GPU, with at least 1GB of DDR3 memory. Beware that some dual-core i.MX6 hardware (such as the Wandboard Dual) have a DualLite core, which must be avoided because the GPU is inadequate for Lightwing.
Plastic enclosures are typically so lightweight they can mount to the back of display panels with Velcro hook and loop tape. Metal enclosures may require mounting hardware, but can be used in higher temperature environments.
The Wandboard Quad and the SolidRun HummingBoard are currently recommended as the best hardware for evaluation and deployment of Lightwing. These are available directly from their manufacturers. Several other hardware options are coming soon with a wide range of different features. Boards which feature 2GB of DDR3 can hold more images resident without flash access latency. But, since Lightwing is so efficient, even just 1GB DDR3 is sufficient for most digital signage applications.
The following chart summarizes the best i.MX6 hardware options for comparison. All of these boards have similar power requirements of about 5 Watts (typical) with no cooling fans. Some feature battery-backed Real Time Clocks (RTC) and built-in flash memory. An RTC is not required if an internet connection is available, because Lightwing automatically retrieves time information from the web via NTP. The costs shown here are provided for hardware comparison only and do not include power supplies, cables or software.
Comparison of ARM i.MX6 Hardware Options for Lightwing
Vendors/Model Numbers Pros Cons Enclosures Costs Wandboard Quad (Not Dual) 2GB DDR3, Wifi standard No RTC, 5 VDC Plastic $140 Advantech UBC-DS31CD-MDA1E VESA Mount, Wifi option 1GB DDR3, Dual Plastic $228 Advantech UBC-200CQ 2GB DDR3, High Temp, Wifi option Sheet Metal $312 Arduino UDOO Quad (Not Dual) GPIOs, Wifi and other options 1GB DDR3 None $135 Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X 2GB DDR3, Wifi, POE and High Temp Sheet Metal $275 Boundary Devices Nitrogen6X_MAX 4GB DDR3, Wifi and POE options Sheet Metal $300 Gateworks Ventana GW-5104 GPS, Wifi, and POE options 1GB DDR3 Aluminum $450 VIA Embedded AMOS-820 GPIOs, Wifi and POE, High Temp 1GB DDR3 Aluminum $365 SolidRun CuBox-i4Pro 2GB DDR3, Wifi Plastic $140 SolidRun HummingBoard 2GB DDR3, Wifi standard Aluminum $175 TechNexion TEK3-IMX6 1-4GB DDR3, Wifi and POE options Aluminum Embest MarS Board 1GB DDR3, Dual, No RTC, 5 VDC $269