The Nigerian Customs Service has reacted to a traveler's claim of being maltreated by its officers because of her tribe and gender. In a statement released by Customs' spokesperson Joseph Attah, the woman identified as Mrs. Udensi Adaeze Nwagboliwe who arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport onboard a British […]
The dystopian future that Pink Floyd envisioned in “Another Brick in the Wall” is creeping a little closer to reality in China. Eleven schools in the southwestern province of Guizhou have new “smart uniforms” embedded with computer chips that ensure the student is in school, paying attention, and behaving properly, according to a report from state-run newspaper The Global Times.
The uniforms, which were developed by local tech firm Guizhou Guanyu Technology, come equipped with GPS devices to ensure the student isn’t playing hooky, as well as tech that will set off alarms if a student walks out of the building or falls asleep in class.
The chips also allow parents to monitor purchases their child makes at the school and set spending limits via a mobile app, according to the company’s official website. Jacket swapping won’t work, either, as facial-recognition scanners on school doors match the chips with the correct student. It would be hard to damage the two chips, which are inserted into the shoulders of the uniforms, because they are built to withstand up to 500 washes and 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 Celsius), per Global Times. (The company’s website was not reachable at the time of publication.)