It's time to turn your dull laptop into a touchscreen playground.
Fed up of your laptop being the only thing in your life that you can’t wake up with a swipe? Airbar is your man.
Airbar is a slim magnetic strip that attaches to the bottom of your laptop screen to make it responsive to touch. How is this even possible? Airbar works using Neonode’s zForce Air technology, projecting an invisible light field onto the entire surface of your laptop’s screen.
It’s responsive to any kind of disturbance, meaning you can now swipe, tap, pinch and zoom in on your laptop screen just like all the other screens in your life.
The awesome thing with Airbar is that you don’t necessarily need to use your finger. Because the light field reacts to disturbances, not strictly fingertip touch, you can be a little adventurous with your choice of stylus.
Following a recipe in the kitchen? Swipe to the next instruction with your oven mitt. Got a paint brush to hand? Take control using invisible paint strokes across the screen. Chopsticks, gloves, the handle of a spoon, or even your big toe…anything’s a stylus if you’re brave enough.
Another bonus is that because Airbar’s light field is invisible, you don’t get the glare and battery drain that comes with tablets, smartphones, and the like.
It’s also super simple to use. There’s no required app or fussy installation process – just slap it on the lower frame of your laptop screen, plug it into the USB port, and get playing.
The one tiny drawback is that Airbar is designed to primarily respond to Windows 8 and 10 gestures, so Mac devotees will have to get in line for their turn. But Airbar’s maker, Neonode, says you can by all means give it a whirl with OS X if you’re curious. It works with Chromebooks too.
You can pre-order Airbar for laptops with screen sizes ranging from 11.6 to 15.6 inches. It’s only €69 (around £59).