Computer & IT


Pavlock is designed to shock you!

Well, not just allegorically, this device is made to quiver you with a mild electric shock when you are engaged in lavish and reckless activities in apparent work hours. Waking you up at the right time, thrusting you towards the gym for exercise, this “habit-forming” wrist band can be assigned to nudge you to do all assigned chores and culling every instance possible of procrastination and idling around.

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This wearable comes from an Indian American author and Stanford alumnus and drop-out Maneesh Sethi, who had previously also been noted to hire a girl via Craigslist to slap him every time he peeped into his Facebook page during work hours to glean his habit of doing unnecessary stuff even when the brain knew it wasn’t pertinent. Sethi had previously conformed to thoughts of doing inept things despite being aware of the incongruity. His investigations of this sect of human behavior led to the development of Pavlock in collaboration with Behavioral Technologies which is set to go on sale for $250 later this year.

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Based on the psychological notion of negative reinforcement or punishment makes the brain siphon tasks people plan to do and spark off the habits of dodging important ones ranging from working out or meditating daily or even avoiding Facebook leisure and lethargy. Pavlock houses various sensors to analyze whether you are performing errands you have programmed it to make you do or not. It also clubs along social compliance. Pavlock smartphone app allows to find buddies, who can track your tasks, your GPS locations and if needed even jolt you for not doing your jobs. Well, you can retaliate too.

What if it’s just another shelf napping gadget?

Height of shrewdness in simply not wearing or not charging the device is not a difficulttackle for the Pavlock too. Developers hinted positive collar to battle these problems without specifications. Pavlock will also use Positive Reinforcement by providing financial awards on completion of tasks like lottery tickets or even money. The owner of a motivational blog Get It Done in 30 and a “life-hacking” website Hack The System claims to have reaped positive results for himself by using it for three months. But some researchers also argue that this may also turn out and remain to be a gimmick, although negative reinforcement has shown desired results in gobs of adults, this is certainly not the best way to influence children.

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Despite this agitation, Pavlock has garnered effective results in the testing phase but it would be intriguing to see how many people are ready to shell out $250 for electric ramifications on not completing required tasks. Sethi has been reluctant to discuss specifications or pricing but business partner and former iRobot & Lego engineer Jim Lynch has been brought in to usher the project into market.

Nevertheless question of the hour remains if people would be willing to sacrifice repose and lethargy ad also be tortured to be motivated or to be frustrated with the wrist band. Or it would just sit as another expensive ploy failing to provide a remedy. Answer lies in the period when Pavlock hits Walmart shelves. Until then, pre-battle respite.