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Pavlock Curbs Your Bad Habits with a Friendly But Convincing Shock

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No one is without some bad habits, and the new Pavlock device aims to curb your worst ones. How?  This latest Indiegogo product sends a small shock to you whenever you engage in a bad habit you’d like to break. All you have to do is input whatever it is you’d like to stop doing into the accompanying app and then wear it.

Historically Inspired

Inspired by Ivan Pavlov (Pavlov’s dog) and his idea about classical conditioning, the Pavlock gives you a small electric shock every time you don’t meet your goal.  Your brain, in turn, will gradually begin to associate that negative stimulus with whatever bad action your perform, and voilà, you’re now trained to stop doing that bad habit.

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You can use the app to enter any goal you’d like to make and a corresponding punishment. Right now there’s only three main areas the app focuses on: sleep, exercise and productivity. The sleep function, for example, will wake you up in the am with small vibrations on your wrist. But if you hit the snooze button or its built-in accelerometer doesn’t detect you doing anything, you’ll get a shock. The exercise function allows you to enter the location of any gym and schedule for when you want to go. So if your phone doesn’t detect the geofence around the gym by the time you said you wanted to go, then you’ll get a shock. For the productivity function, you enter what websites you want to avoid visiting and then if you do visit it, you get a shock.

Pavlock App

Use it for Punishment and Reward


The device itself is tiny and can be worn on its wristband or clipped to your clothes. Although it’s meant to shock you if you don’t don’t quiet your bad habit, it can also reward you for achieving your goals. To do so, it offers incentives so that if you meet your goals, it rewards you. If you achieve your exercise goal, you can win money that other users have lost, or even get cool gift cards from partners of Pavlock.  The company has complicated the product with a rather nifty and fun social-like community.


Where to Buy

Pavlock’s Indiegogo campaign is looking for pledges of $175+, with expected shipping June 2015.  You can find it here.

David Novakhttps://www.gadgetgram.com
For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology.His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show.His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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