Japanese office workers get the Big Brother treatment

The characters in George Orwell's 1984 had it good compared to Japanese workers tagged with new technology created by DSS Co. Ltd. The firm created a system that allows companies to track the movements and actions of their workers down to the last detail.

The tracking kit includes a tiny video camera attached to the worker's chest pocket, an ankle sensor (yes, like the one they hand out for house arrest) and "milestone" sensor points that monitor how long an employee stays in a particular area. But the price DSS is charging for giving companies the power of Big Brother is steep: two-day data collection and software rental/analysis for 980,000 yen ($10,434). Hopefully, the cost alone will be enough to keep this kind of thing away from any office near you.

Via Nikkei