Phone-y degrees

A Tokyo university is giving away iPhones to its students, with a little extra something inside: a tracking application to make sure the kids are really in class and not snoozing away the morning. Our first thought was that this app could also be relevant for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other conditions associated with wandering. But these iPhones also have capabilities that will let students download lecture podcasts, complete their homework, and even take tests, which could make life easier for many undergrads with various types of disabilities, especially if text-to-speech and/or speech-to-text capabilities are available.

Crunchgear: Big Brother in Japan: University tracks students via free iPhones

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