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Touchscreens have taken over the cell phone market, and they will do the same with computers and laptops. But like phones, touchscreen computers were expensive, with some over $1000. However, the Airbar provided a cheap alternative that could transform existing computers into a fully functional touchscreen computer.

Developed by Neonode, the Airbar worked by projecting an invisible light field over the screen. The field could sense where fingers touched the screen, then it transmitted that data to the computer.

It hung from the bottom of a computer monitor or laptop screen by a magnet and plugged into the USB port. The computer required no modifications, just plug it in and go. Its streamlined design blended with the design of the computer, so it is not a distraction

The Airbar came in three different sizes, 13, 14 and 15.6 inch. Screens bigger than those sizes could still use the device, but they would not have the touch capabilities on the sides of the screen.

The Airbar was also coded to recognize different functions like zooming in and out.

At only $65 on the product’s website, The Airbar provided functionality for both old and new computers at a price that everyone could afford.

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