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Pavlok wristband uses shockwave to promote habit changes

Behavioral training device coming to the market in 2015


By PoliceOne Staff

Pavlok wristband is a wearable device designed to help the wearer stay on target with fitness and other goals such as going to the gym, meditating on a daily basis, or limiting the number of tabs opened in a web browser.

Linked to an app, the device emits a small shock when the user doesn’t meet a predetermined goal or puts forth other penalties such as loss of access to their phone and the payment of small fines. On the flip side, Pavlok also rewards users for positive behavior. Users can earn prizes or money for accomplishing their goals on time and forming good habits.

In addition to rewards and punishments, the Pavlok app works to keep users motivated through social support and pressure. Users will be matched with an accountability partner or connected with a group of friends.

The Pavlok wristband will be available for the public starting in 2015, with some prototypes available to users now.  

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