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Pavlok wearable (literally) shocks you into fiscal responsibility

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Billy Haigh
May 19, 2016 08:10
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Enter the Pavlok, a wrist band that delivers a 255 volt shock to the wearer when they violate self-imposed spending limits.

The wearable works via an integration with a banking platform for Intelligent Environments, a UK company.

Go over that limit, and the system will notify Pavlok, which will dutifully give you an electric shock as punishment.

The banking platform itself can work with more than Pavlok, though, and those who don t like the thought of suffering a shock can use Nest for a more subtle sort of discomfort.

Spend too much money, for example, and you can set the thermostat to turn the AC down in the summer time, making yourself uncomfortably warm.

Said Intelligent Environments director David Webber:

With cashless payments like contactless, direct debits, and Apple Pay, it s unsurprising we lose track of spending, so we decided to solve this by enabling smart devices to manage our overspending for us … Both Pavlok and Nest Thermostat are opt-in services so consumers can decide whether to switch them on or not.

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