New Software Forces You to Pay Attention During Company Training

Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange, 1971 Photograph by Ronald Grant/Hawk Films/Warner Bros via Everett Collection

What employee hasn’t watched a few YouTube videos during the half hour or so running time of the company’s required online training course? Alas, this may become a memory of simpler times. Online training technology company Mindflash on Tuesday announced a new feature called FocusAssist for iPad that uses the tablet’s camera to track a user’s eye movements. When it senses that you’ve been looking away for more than a few seconds (because you were sending e-mails, or just fell asleep), it pauses the course, forcing you to pay attention—or at least look like you are—in order to complete it.

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