Neonode’s AirBar is a slim module that magnetically attaches below the screen of an existing PC and theoretically turn it into a fully responsive touch screen.
According to the company, users don’t need to load drivers, perform a calibration or jump through any other hoops in order to get AirBar to work.
They just stick it on their PC, plug it into a USB port, and it starts functioning. AirBar recognizes the gestures you’re used to on other devices, like pinch, swipe, zoom, and scroll functions.
Not many details have been provided on how it functions, other than that it emits an “invisible light field” across the screen, which detects any disturbances made within it.
Known as zForce AIR Technology, it responds not just to bare fingertips but also to objects such as styluses, brushes and gloved fingers.
Because the “touch” interactions are triggered by anything that crosses AirBar’s light field, you don’t have to use your fingers. You’ll be able to use AirBar with the most slippery gloves or even heavy work gloves, paint brushes, pencils, or anything you have nearby — no stylus required. As long as you cross the light field, AirBar will register “touch” gestures.
At its initial launch, AirBar will be adaptable for a limited number of machines.
It will work with any Windows 7, 8, or 10 computer that has a 15.6 inch display, which narrows down the playing field considerably.
The 15.6 inch launch version costs $49 and is expected to launch sometime in the first half of 2016.