How often do you start the sentence “…if only I had a 24/7 personal assistant…”. No? I know it’s just not me! Well, if you feel that some areas of your life could do with some motivation and support from time to time then you’ll be pleased to hear about the Pavlok.
Pavlok looks like it belongs on a superhero’s costume but don’t let that put you off. The website reads, ‘…Pavlok doesn’t just track what you do. It transforms who you are.’ Strong words right? Pavlok claims to break your bad habits and train your brain through vibration, beeps and wait for it electric shocks. Yes you read that right. So I’m sure you’re thinking ‘Why would I spend my hard earned cash on a device that shocks me?’ The device’s creator, Maneesh Sethi, explained his reasons for creating the product. He says, “A few years ago, I hired a girl to slap me in the face whenever I used Facebook. My productivity increased 4x — so I knew I was on to something. A few weeks later, I asked my friend Dan Kaminsky if we could build a shock collar that shocked me when I went on Facebook. Dan said: Let’s go to RadioShack. So we built a prototype, and I was fortunate that an incubator in Boston, Bolt, decided to invest. They then introduced me to my co-founder, Jim Lynch — the original inventor of LEGO Mindstorms and the senior engineer on the Roomba Floor Cleaning Robot…”
Who knew you could hire someone to slap you n the face – would love to have seen that advert! Nonetheless Sethi’s desire to cut down his Facebook addiction has lead to the development of Pavlok. Having raised nearly $280,000 through crowdfunding site Indiegogo the first backers will be experiencing the device from August 2015.
Pavlok sounds like a game in some respects. If you stay on track you can earn prizes (donated by yourself I’m presuming). However, if you fail you face penalties, forfeits and the dreaded electric shock which worryingly can be administered by your Facebook friends…
For more information and to pre-order one for yourself visit pavlok.com