Do you occasionally get angry with yourself for not having enough self-control? Every time you decide to go on a diet, is there that one slice of pizza that was supposed to be harmless but ends up breaking your resolve? Don’t you wish there was someone to constantly stop you from doing something stupid? Well, Pavlok is here to the rescue. Pavlok who? Pavlok is a bracelet from Amazon that delivers a 330V electric shock every time you do something that you have decided not to. These shivers down the spine may not be so bad after all.
This piece of wearable tech has been described by its creator as a “behavior training” device based on the principle of aversive conditioning to help you get rid of a range of unwanted habits. Aversive conditioning is behavior training that involves associating a specific action with a negative stimulus to reaffirm that the action is undesirable.
All you need to do is download the app and choose the bad habit you want to break, which may include wasting time online, unhealthy food habits, biting nails, and smoking, the one which, according to the reviews, it’s most effective for– sleeping till late. It keeps track of you by integrating sensors, friends, and GPS.
This product is currently available on Amazon for INR 20,057.00 (EMI starting at INR 944) and has mixed reviews. While some loved it, others did not so much. So what’s your take on this bizarre new device?