Lightwing Introduction

The Native 3D Open Digital Signage Platform

 

Build custom signs or touch GUIs for ARM hardware in just hours rather than weeks!

 

Lightwing is a scriptable 3D compositing and presentation engine for rapidly deploying custom digital signs, interactive touch-kiosks and GUIs for IoT control on low-cost ARM hardware from multiple board vendors.

Lightwing combines animated 3D objects, 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 tools like Blender, OpenGL ES, ffmpeg, OpenSSH and WinSCP.

Lightwing delivers stunning, Native 3D that grabs attention (think game consoles), but also dynamic, animated text, video, images, effects and live web content – all without web browsers. This is light-years ahead of PowerPoint, Adobe Flash, CSS and HTML5!

Lightwing runs on both Windows and Linux, so content is developed on Windows, then deployed to low-cost ARM Linux players over a local network or over the web.

Lightwing solves the biggest problem facing the digital signage industry today – the complexity of developing content. Lightwing features a simple, plain-text scripting language that is designed specifically for building digital signs and touch-GUIs. Lightwing is much easier than working with JavaScript, CSS, PHP, Adobe Flash or HTML5. And Lightwing integrates more media types including 3D, video, images, text, dynamic web data and touch controls.

Lightwing directly exploits the full-power of the GPU and VPU accelerators of the ARM i.MX6 processors (the best ARM processors on the planet)  through OpenGL ES.

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 hacking attacks are simply not possible with Lightwing because there are no security holes.

Lightwing is available now for licensing to individuals, businesses and technology leaders for deployment world-wide. Let’s disrupt your industry!

 

Better Software

  • Native 3D Objects, Images, Video and Text Animations
  • Built-in Page Transition Animations and Effects
  • Web RSS Feeds and Dynamic CSV Data
  • Over 100 Image, Video and Font Shader Effects
  • Automatic Content Scaling and Rotation for Display Size
  • Best-in-Class Open Tools – Blender, ffmpeg, WinSCP, etc.
  • High Reliability and No Maintenance Required
  • Highly Secure Remote Access with RSA keys via OpenSSH
  • Integrated Touch-Screen Swipe, Toggle and Track Controls
  • Yocto Open Embedded Linux – Open Source Platform
  • Highly Portable and Customizable C++
  • Single Developer – High Quality Code
  • Ongoing Development

Better Hardware

  • ARM i.MX6 Dual or Quad-Core
  • From Multiple Board Vendors
  • Vivante GC2000 GPU
  • MPEG4 Video Accelerator VPU
  • 1, 2 or 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 16 GB Flash SD Card
  • HDMI Displays at 1080p
  • Landscape and Portrait Displays
  • USB, RS-232 and Gigabit Ethernet
  • Optional Wifi, Bluetooth, POE, High Temp
  • Low power – 5 Watts typical
  • No Fans or Disks

Better Support

  • Free Sign Development Kit (SDK) Download
  • Includes Fonts, 3D Animations, Effects, Tools
  • Plus Demos and Tutorials for Windows
  • Comprehensive Online Users Guide
  • Free Expert Technical Support
  • Biannual Software Updates
  • No Subscription Fees

Applications

  • Digital Signs
  • Video Walls
  • Interactive Touch Kiosks
  • Custom Embedded GUIs
  • IoT Control
  • A/V Conference Room Control
  • Automotive HMI
  • NFC Access Points

 

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Create Content on Windows and Deploy to Low-Cost ARM Linux Players over the Web

Lightwing is a disruptive new approach to building digital signs, interactive touch-kiosks and custom GUIs for IoT control that slashes the complexity, time and cost of creating and maintaining fresh content. Lightwing is game-changing because no complex, proprietary tools are required for content creation and all 3D graphics, text and video are natively rendered using hardware accelerators on the ARM i.MX6 processor, which outperforms Windows and Android solutions with lower-cost and maintenance and higher reliability and security.

Lightwing is an open platform built on the best-in-class open tools and open-source Linux for easy customization. Software that would cause security holes or degrade performance are simply not used, including Android, Windows, web browsers, Adobe Flash and JavaScript. Without that overhead, Lightwing is agile and responsive, but it’s also a lot more secure and very low maintenance. And Lightwing can never be interrupted by pop-up security warnings or update messages because Lightwing always owns the display.

Simple, plain-text scripting makes building custom signs, interactive touch-kiosks and GUIs with Lightwing easy. No XML, CSS, PHP or programming is used. Anyone that knows how to use NotePad++, WinSCP or FileZilla can create custom digital signs on Windows in just a few hours. Using proprietary tools like Adobe is unnecessary and 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 – and remember, these are plain-text scripts!

 

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  • No Browsers, Adobe Flash, CSS or JavaScript!

  • Industry-Leading Performance on ARM Hardware

  • Exceptionally Lightweight and Responsive

  • Very High Reliability

  • Easy to Customize

  • No Updates or Maintenance Needed

  • No Pop-up Messages

  • No Security Holes (No JVM or Android)

  • Better Software!

Lightwing Outperforms All Browser-Based Solutions!

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 Scripting

So what does Lightwing scripting look like? Here is a basic example of nine pages that display background images with animated page transitions and animated text. The jump command at the end forms a continuous loop. With Lightwing, anyone can make compelling, interactive signs and touch-kiosks with simple, open tools, because there is no XML, CSS, JavaScript, HTML5 or Adobe Flash. Just list your images, text, 3D objects, transitions, effects, videos and RSS feeds in an intuitive, plain-text script and deploy it to a Lightwing player!

// 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 Intuitive and Easy to Learn –  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 fully-functional, except that still images are substituted for video and content does not update automatically. The Windows version is for developing and previewing content for Lightwing. 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 sign 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 and NFC access points. Licensed users receive free updates via ZIP download. Stay tuned!


Lightwing Compatible Hardware

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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 typically require rack or wall mounting, but can be used in higher temperature environments.

The Wandboard Quad is currently recommended as the best hardware value for evaluation and deployment of Lightwing. It’s available directly from major distributors in America, Europe and Japan. 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 Gate             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

 

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