What would you change about your life with just a little bit more discipline? If you had the extra impetus to achieve even the smallest (or largest) daily goals, how much more could you make of yourself?
Thats the question posed and answered by Pavlok. Pavlok is a wearable device that uses a small electrical charge to shocks its owner when they don’t fulfill a pre-defined goal. So, if you’re looking to get out of bed early – Pavlok will zap you if you hit snooze on your alarm. Want to walk 10,000 steps per day? Pavlok will sent you a jolt if you’re slacking.
Its a question of willpower & personal motiviation vs external stimuli, and Pavlok is built on the premise that everyone needs that extra push to reach their targets.
With built in smarts, inculding an accelerometer, Pavlok can keep track of your steps, activity and sleeping patterns.
Social Pressure as motivation
There is even a “shaming” mechanism that auto-posts on your social networks when you don’t achieve a pre-defined goal. If physical pain isn’t enough, there’s the added social pressure of accountability that comes with slacking off – you’re not only letting yourself down, but your friends too!
Pavlok integrates with other services
Additionally there is an SDK (a kit which allows third party companies to plug in to Pavlok) giving this wearable has all sorts of potential. Left your keys at home? Pavlok plugs into your Ocho Smart Key Tray to punish your forgetfulness – Zap. Didn’t send 10 tweets a day that you promised yourself you would? Pavlok reads your twitter account and Zaps you. Didn’t go to visit your mother? Pavlok knows you didn’t enter her Nest enabled home – Zap.
If you haven’t worked it out already – the device is named after Pavlov – the psychologist who undertook extensive research into conditioning. Overall, Pavlok presents a compelling (and fun) proposition to self-improvement. We’ll be watching with interest to see how popular a device that causes physical pain to its buyers will become.
You can pre-order for $149 on their crowdfunding page today.