Japanese University Using Free iPhones To Monitor Location Of Students

The Associated Press reports that in an attempt to deter truancy, Aoyama Gakuin University will be handing out 550 iPhone 3Gs to students at the School of Social Informatics, making for a total of 1000 test run participants. The device, they hope, will be used by students for research purposes and to receive class schedule and lecture information.

Apparently attendance is a big part of graduating in Japan, resulting in a lot of students getting classmates to either sign in for them or raise their hand during role call. The school hopes to use the devices to monitor the location of students via GPS and make sure they are were they are supposed to be.

[via AP]

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