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IT Management Lab Gets New Microsoft Surface Unit: Hands-On Computer Aids In Group Projects

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A new computer at the Mendoza College of Business brings a fresh meaning to the phrase "hands-on learning." The Microsoft Surface is a multi-touch computer that responds via infrared cameras and Bluetooth technology to natural hand gestures and real-world objects, helping people interact with digital content in an intuitive way. It has a flat screen that serves as a tabletop so that multiple users can stand around it and use their hands to "grab" and move digital content without using a mouse or keyboard. The screen can recognize objects placed on it, allowing users to move information between devices such as mobile phones or cameras.

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