Thanks To Smartwatches, Major Universities Are Banning All Watches From Exams

Thanks To Smartwatches, Major Universities Are Banning All Watches From Exams

Back in my day, schools used to recommend bringing a watch into tests so you’d keep track of the time. But now, the rise of smartwatches could lead to a flat-out ban of all timepieces for test-takers, if the latest rule at a major university in Japan is any indication.

Kyoto University, one of Japan’s most prestigious institutions, has said that it plans to ban students from bringing watches into entrance exams, the Wall Street Journal reports. As smartwatches look less and less like futuristic mini computers strapped to our arms, like something out of Inspector Gadget, it’s theoretically easier for people to sneak them in as net-connected cheating devices.

The watch ban seems weird or lightly dystopian, but WSJ points out that Kyoto University isn’t alone. Effective this winter, “due to advances in watch technologies”, Australia’s University of New South Wales has also banned all watches from exams, be they on your wrist or on your desk.

Hopefully all test sites have functioning clocks on the walls.

[Wall Street Journal]

Image: Shutterstock

The Cheapest NBN 50 Plans

It’s the most popular NBN speed in Australia for a reason. Here are the cheapest plans available.

At Gizmodo, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. We have affiliate and advertising partnerships, which means we may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. BTW – prices are accurate and items in stock at the time of posting.