Android apps are almost here. A lot of people picking up a Chromebook will look for touchscreen variants to make the best out of Android apps on Chrome OS. For others, there is a new device that promises to add touch to your regular screens.
Airbar is made by a startup named Neonode. Installation and setup is easy. Well, there isn’t much to “install and set up”. Fix the airbar at the bottom of your diplsay, plug in the USB cable and you are all set. And yes, along with Windows laptops, Airbar supports Chromebooks too.
The airbar emits an invisible beam of light over your display. It then senses your touch interactions and sends it to your Chromebook via USB. Since it is a beam of light that is detecting touch, you can use your hands, hands with gloves and even chopsticks (yes!).
The company boasts a 200 DPI which provides the precision of writing with a pen. Here is a video demo:
Airbar is currently availvble for pre-order from the official website. The device is expected to ship in the first half of 2016. (Well, there are only weeks before the first half ends.)
Airbar works with 11.6”, 13.3”, 14” and 15.6” screen Chromebooks. It supports Chrome OS, and Windows 8 and later. OSX is not supported at the moment.
So, who’s buying one? Or are you planning to buy a new Chromebook with touchscreen to celebrate the entry of Android apps to Chrome OS?
Me? I want Google to integrate Android apps on Chromebooks in a way that I will not even think about using a touch screen to operate. What do you guys think?