Feel like you’re missing out because your laptop doesn’t have a touchscreen display? No problem. You can give it one for just $50, and you don’t have to remove a single screw to do it.
Next month at CES, a company called Neonode will be showing off the AirBar to the massive Las Vegas crowd. It’s a simple, slim USB peripheral that attaches to the bezel of a laptop. Once you’ve plugged it in to a USB port AirBar blankets your display with “an invisible light field,” which Neonode refers to as “zForce AIR technology.” It sounds pretty cool, and also a lot like the infrared big-screen add-ons made by Keytec.
AirBar doesn’t require any special software to work its magic. As long as it’s connected to a Windows 7, 8, or 10 machine — or a Chromebook — it’ll just work once it’s been plugged in. Neonode is still working on Mac support, but it’s coming.