“Touch without the Touchscreen”
Made by Neonode, the AirBar is a black magnetic strip that transforms your laptop into a touchscreen. Designed for earlier PC models or more affordable laptops, AirBar is an intuitive accessory that turns your PC into a gesture-controlled notebook. Whether you want to pinch, zoom, swipe, tap or scroll, the Windows-compatible AirBar employs touch gestures just as if it was a full touchscreen.
Powered by Neonode’s zForce Air technology, AirBar projects an “invisible light field” across your laptop’s screen. Compatible with 13.4”, 14”, and 15.6” displays, the sleek, thin black magnet strip fits seamlessly underneath the bezel of your laptop screen. Whether you want to use a pointer, your finger, or a paintbrush tool, AirBar’s AlwaysOn sensors react to any object put in front of its light field.
With so many PC-loyalists embracing Microsoft’s touch-friendly Windows 8, for years computer manufacturers have been trying to create a user-friendly accessory for non-touchscreen displays. From the styli paired with infrared receivers to the gesture controlled Leap Motion, all attempts at designing a functional touchscreen companion have fallen to the wayside. Neonode’s AirBar hopes its plug-and-touch attachment fulfills a much-needed gap in PC touchscreen accessories.
AirBar works with Chrome OS in addition to Windows 10; however, you’re rolling the dice when it comes to its Mac OS compatibility. With an estimated ship date scheduled for August of 2017, Neonode’s AirBar connects to a USB port and magnetically latches onto the bottom of your Chromebook or Window’s laptop display.
AirBar is perfect for PC owners that want to add accurate touchscreen capabilities without breaking the bank. With the only drawbacks being limited to no functionality with OS X and a USB cable that only aligns on the right, AirBar is worth giving a shot at the friendly price of $69.