Japanese national institution Kyoto University is following in the path of other world institutions and declaring an all-out tech war on smartwatches. In the latest battle against progressive technology, the institution is banning smartwatches from being worn into its entrance exams come 2016. The reason? Smartwatches can be used for more than telling time (hint! Hint! It’s easy to cheat with them).
The reason has to do with the deceptive nature of wearing a smartwatch. Think back to the 1990s when calculator watches came along. The first thought? “A kid with one of those could cheat on his or her math exam.” And that’s exactly why they were banned in certain math tests. It’s no different with smartwatches, but smartwatches can do more than just calculate math problems. They can be used to reply to texts and emails, giving students the ability to cheat by way of a “what’s the square root of 729?” text message to a friend who’d be more than glad to help the student cheat.
Kyoto University looks to ban entrance exams next year (2016), but it’s not the first institution worldwide to do so: UNSW Australia banned smartwatches and wrist wearables of any kind from being visible during exams. Smartwatches may help students be “geeky” when it counts, but, unfortunately, using them during exam time may count against them.