With exams around the corner, students must understandably be stressed and doing their best to cram as much information in their heads as possible. Some of us rely on mnemonic techniques to remember things and some resort to unfair means.
Mobile phones, chits and ear-pieces are passé now with strict examiners clamping down on these devices and banning them from examination halls. The humble watch has emerged as the latest accessory for students to cheat on their exams on. Smartwatches have started emerging in classrooms in Britain. Dubbed as ‘cheating watches’ they can hold upto 8GB worth of data and have the ability to read doc, PDF and image files. And if teachers are suspicious there is an “emergency button” which when pressed, renders the other buttons on the watch useless and the watch switches to a conventional digital clock face.
Joe Sidders, deputy head at Monkton Combe Senior School in Bath, has warned the BBC about these wearable devices being a “nightmare to administer”.
“I expect the hidden market for these sorts of devices is significant, and this offering on Amazon is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said.
You can get a smartwatch on Amazon for 61$ (Rs 4,080). The cheating watch has worldwide shipping, provide different text designs and even scrolling speeds so you don’t have to keep tapping on the screen. They describe version 2 of the watch as “much smaller thinner and lighter design it is not that noticeable, making it hard to spot during exams.” Some versions of the cheating watch can support upto 27 languages and
Reviews are mixed with some saying it doesn’t work and 1 reviewer claiming you can’t use it in the front row.
The Joint Council for Qualifications in Britain has taken note of these watches and stated, “A candidate found in possession of anything used for cheating – like these watches – would be reported to the awarding organisation whose examination was affected.
“This could result in the student being disqualified from the exam and the overall qualification.”
Another distributor, Digital-Memory with an aptly named website, www.cheatingwatch.in, promises a new RXO watch, “the best cheating watch” which is capable of reading documents, images and equipped with an emergency button for Rs 5990.
Some exam centres in India have already started installing jammers to prevent cheating with hi-tech devices. There are many gadgets in the market that can be hidden and fitted into clothes. Custom made mikes, mobile phones, RF transmitters, pen scanners. These watches making an appearance in Indian examination halls is just a matter of time.