The Electric Shock Wristband
US Company Pavlok has recently crowdfunded over $250,000 (£161,000) to invest in its invention- a wristband that regulates bad habits through administering electric shocks.
Branding itself as a “personal coach on your wrist”, the Pavlok wristband uses shock therapy to motivate wearers to stick to their commitments, from going to the gym to spending less time on the Internet.
Through the use of a smartphone app, the wristband monitors human activity and provides real-time feedback to the user. By breaking the user’s personalised goal into easy and manageable actions, the inventors of Pavlok hope that users will be motivated to get rid of any bad habits, in fear that they will receive punishments in the form of a 225 volt shock.
Despite this somewhat dubious way of self-accountability, the Pavlok team have assured the public that the shocks are in fact safe.
Pavlok will be available for purchase from next year onwards- and with 2015 approaching, this might just be the antidote for particularly stubborn individuals to get their new year’s resolutions on track.