Pavlok: the fitness band that shocks you out of your bad habits

We could all do with a kick up the behind every now and again. This smartband certainly does that – it gives you electric shocks in a bid to condition you out of your bad habits and improve the way you live.

It might sound like tough love, but sometimes it’s the only way to achieve what you want.

You can set Pavlock to shock you every time you hit snooze on your alarm clock, waste time online, walk into a fast food restaurant, bite your nails, or even just sit still too long. The theory is that once you’ve had a few shocks, your brain will form a new neural pathway, helping you break your bad habits.

The makers claim it can help you exercise, wake up early, paint, write every day, eat healthily, meditate, and learn a new language. And you should see results within just a few days.

You can wear it practically anywhere, including on your wrist using the wristband, under your shirt collar, or on your belt loop. As long as it touches your skin, it’ll have the desired effect.

Using the API, it could have a lot more uses, too. These include shocking you when you text an ex (they do say love hurts), reminding you to take your medicine, improving your golf swing using other wearable sensors, reminding you to get up from your computer every hour, and even providing feedback on your mental states.

Sound good? It’s already right near its funding target on Indiegogo, and there are still 30 days to go. Let us know what you would use it for in the comments.

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