Business and civic leaders poked and prodded the 24-inch touch-screen, navigating menus that allowed them to zap coupons to their cell phones and browse sample lists of accommodations and attractions.
They were trying out a demonstration version of a Tourist Assistance Portal, a device that will soon put information about things to see and do across Beaufort County at travelers' fingertips.
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce's Visitor & Convention Bureau showed off the demo version Tuesday during a meeting in which its leaders briefed attendees on tourism marketing efforts.
The chamber is buying a 42-inch version for its welcome center for $20,000 with the help of a Beaufort County grant from state accommodations tax revenues.
Executive director Bob Moquin expects the VCB to recoup the device's cost by selling listings to local businesses. For $39 to $239 per month, featured businesses can share maps, directions, menus, photos and special deals, some of which can be sent to users' cell phones.