Feeds

Japanese phone boasts killer slacker-sensing app

Oh the data will find work for idle hands to do

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Japanese phone co KDDI has been telling the BBC that its latest phones can sense when an employee is slacking off.

The phone can tell when a cleaner is scrubbing, or carrying out any rapid thrusting movements with the right hand.

The information comes from detailed analysis of accelerometer data, gathered wirelessly from the mobile and matched with known activity patterns to monitor if employees are working diligently enough - assuming the employee can be convinced to strap said phone to their wrist.

"Businesses... are very interested in using such technology to improve the efficiency of their workers," KDDI's head of data research in Tokyo told the BBC. "We can offer managers a chance to analyse more closely the behaviour of staff."

The BBC goes on to explain that Japanese employees often work under closer supervision than their western counterparts - pointing out that Japanese truckers and salesmen are logged by GPS. The fact that their western counterparts are equally well tracked these days seems to have escaped the Beeb.

But with this technology KDDI can spot if a user is scrubbing, sweeping or walking, which, if it wasn't for the necessity to wrist-mount the phone, would be genuinely impressive.

Even Japanese phones are still a little large for strapping to the back of a hand, so we can still rest our weary wrists at work without the threat of disciplinary procedures - for the moment at least. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey
This Herod network's ace – but crap reception in bullrushes
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality
Oettinger all about the infrastructure – but not big on substance
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.