Apple is still raising the slogan to be an anti- touchscreen , it seems we are going to prove you wrong after reading this news report. Undoubtedly Windows PC market achieving all market goals seems to embrace the 2-in-1 or convertible while Apple seems hell-bent on the idea of legitimizing the iPad Pro as a PC-competitor. But reality is yet to be disclosed.
If you’re a MacBook Air user at least, AirBar has got you covered.
AirBar is a tiny strip that plugs into the USB port on your PC (now including the MacBook Air) and turns non-touch displays into touch-friendly devices. To accomplish this, the plug-in device uses magnets to attach to the bottom of your screen and emit an invisible light field over the monitor. This light field measures finger position, to act as a sort of hacked touchscreen and gesture control center for non-touch-friendly devices.
It feels natural, and there wasn’t any discernible lag in the demo model at CES.
According to AirBar Senior Vice President Remo Behdasht:
“We believe the community of devoted MacBook Air users will welcome this new product, as AirBar for MacBook Air will surely enhance the user-experience of an already great product. Our goal for AirBar continues to be expanding its application to more devices, across even more markets.”
Why does it matter?
These days, computing power isn’t progressing as fast as it used to, and users are holding on to older laptops longer than ever before. If moving to a touchscreen device is your only reason for upgrading, AirBar makes a lot more sense.
When is it coming?
It’s here. AirBar for Windows has been around since the beginning of last month, while the MacBook Air version was just announced prior to CES. Both are available to order on the Neonode website for $69. Just allow four to five weeks for shipping.