Smartwatch Micro-Craze Triggers Watch Ban in Universities

By Gary Cutlack on at

The fact that some people want their notifications on their wrists has spoilt the empowering, knowing-the-time fun for some uni students, thanks to examiners realising that smartwatches could be used to cheat in exams.

According to Buzzfeed, some UK universities are resorting to banning all watches from their exam rooms, as examiners can't really be expected to reliably identify which watches are smartwatches and which watches are just naturally enormously thick and cumbersome and perpetually out of charge.

London's City University told the site: "Students are already asked to place mobile phones in a plastic wallet under their desk, so we adopted the same procedure for watches. Students either don't wear them to an exam venue, or they remove the watch in the venue and place it in the plastic wallet," because it "wouldn't be practical" to have each watch checked individually to see if it's secretly connected to Google.

It's good news for the clock industry, though, as the university explains: "We also increased the number of large wall clocks available in the examination venues, bought small desk clocks for any student who requests one as well as a small quantity of RNIB-approved desk clocks for use by any student who needs one." [Buzzfeed via Engadget]