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Lie Detector Watch
image It's a Truth Detector, Decoder and International Timepiece in One! Just ask a person a question as they hold two fingers against the watch's bio-feedback sensors. "The more bars appear on the screen, the less likely it is they are being honest. Look for other clues, such as rapid eye movement or a flushed face to help you decide." The one customer comment at the bottom of the screen says that it's "Better than expected." Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but I still can't imagine that the thing would be anything but useless at actually spotting lies.
Categories: Technology
Posted by The Curator on Thu Oct 28, 2004
Comments (5)
Considering that the full-scale lie dectectors have been discredited at spotting lies*, it's likely that the tiny version is any good, either. (Not that the discrediation has changed the behavior of any agencies that still use them, alas.)

*"In a 1983 Federal study of polygraph accuracy, the author of the study, Leonard Saxe, stated the following about the polygraph, "It doesn't work. It's not accurate, and can lead to what are called false positives, finding people untruthful when in fact they are truthful, and the opposite.""
Posted by cvirtue  on  Thu Oct 28, 2004  at  03:45 PM
I think this doubt about polygraph tests has always been there. That's why they have never been admissable evidence in court.
Posted by Captain Al  on  Thu Oct 28, 2004  at  04:15 PM
All of you are right: Polygraphs are unreliable; why should this toy be any better.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Thu Oct 28, 2004  at  08:05 PM
this watch has the best effects. it has told me if a girl likes me or not amd a girl does.
Posted by TDogg3  on  Sat Oct 07, 2006  at  05:31 PM
i got it and it is very good but my mum asked me if i swear and i i had to hold my fingers on it, i said no and it was wrong and my mum found out that i swear, but on the other hand, it spots lies
Posted by marcel  in  australia  on  Sat Oct 14, 2006  at  05:55 AM
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