Neonode has now announced the launch of its “AirBar” dongle for the 13-inch MacBook Air, after originally launching for PC laptops. AirBar is a magnetically attached strip that connects to the MacBook via USB-A and permits users to interact with Apple’s laptop via gestures and controls that mimic touchscreen-enabled computers.
Users do not need to download or install additional software to use the AirBar. Neonode cited that the device “instantly activates” when plugged into the MacBook. With the company’s patented “zForce AIR technology,” AirBar emits an invisible array of lights over the MacBook’s screen, that senses touch and movement from gloves, fingers, and even paintbrushes. Users can gesture in front of the MacBook Air’s screen to scroll, swipe, zoom and pinch with it.
Remo Behdasht, Senior Vice President of AirBar Devices at Neonode said, “We expected the community of devoted MacBook Air users will welcome this new product, as AirBar for MacBook Air will truly enhance the user-experience of an already great product. Our ambition for AirBar goes on to expanding its application to more devices, within even more markets.” Due to the required bezel space below the MacBook screen, 17mm specifically and the need for USB-A. Neonode noted that “at this point” AirBar is only being sold for the 13-inch MacBook Air. Due to the required bezel space below the MacBook screen, 17mm specifically and the need for USB-A. Neonode noted that “at this point” AirBar is only being sold for the 13-inch MacBook Air.
AirBar for MacBook Air will be available in brushed aluminum and cost $99 on Amazon as it launches sometime in early March. Pre-order can be placed on Neonode’s website. Presently, AirBar for 15.6-inch PC laptops costs $69, and the company attempts to release a new 14-inch PC version along with the MacBook Air compatible device.