“Apple’s smartwatch innovation has had an unexpected side-effect. BuzzFeed News has learned that universities have starting issuing blanket bans on all students wearing watches in exam halls – because invigilators can’t tell whether students actually have a mini-computer strapped to their wrist,” Jim Waterson reports for BuzzFeed.
“With the popularity of smartwatches set to rocket when the Apple Watch is released in April, multiple universities having begun taking precautions to stop students cheating by using the devices during this summer’s exams,” Waterson reports. “Such devices could allow students to look at notes or subtly receive messages during exams.”
“Last summer, the University of London expressed fears that Apple’s smartwatch could create ‘a problem in the examination hall from 2015 and beyond’ because invigilators would struggle to differentiate between a standard digital watch and the new gadget,” Waterson reports. “But we’ve now reached the tipping point where multiple universities are starting to actively ban all watches from the exam hall.”
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MacDailyNews Take: One tap on the wrist for “yes” and two taps for “no.”