Complete Review of the anti-bad habits bracelet smart health innovation

Ivan Petrovitch Pavlov, who gave his name to the Pavlok bracelet, was a Russian physician and physiologist whose work was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1904. He is mainly known for having demonstrated that the stimulation of pain associated with a habit in an individual could rid it of it and change its behavior in depth.

It is on this “Pavlovian” principle that the Pavlok bracelet who says you can get rid of bad habits. If, for example, you have decided to quit smoking, the bracelet will send you a good electric shock, between 50 and 255 volts all the same, each time you make the gesture of bringing a cigarette to your mouth. Your brain will then take care of the rest, then systematically associating smoking with the pain you will have felt. Simple and efficient.

Mark : Pavlok
Category : smart health connected bracelet
Sign in : Bluetooth Low Energy
Compatibility : Android and iOS
Price : $ 179.99 or € 160
Availability : Available
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Unboxing of the Pavlok bracelet

The Pavlok bracelet is presented in a square box in black rigid cardboard marked with a yellow lightning bolt – symbol of the brand – on the top and with the name of the product in yellow on the front: a sleek and simple design which does not give any indication of the type of object found on the inside. Very light, the case remains closed thanks to a magnet and opens very easily.

Pavlok box
The Pavlok case

We then come directly to three small booklets, a quick start guide, an instruction manual, and finally a slightly denser booklet which explains what the concept of the Pavlok consists of and how it goes help you achieve your goals : get up earlier in the morning, get fit, eat less fat, quit smoking, etc. On the inside of the case, a quote from Aristotle sums up the whole philosophy of Pavlok: “We are what we do repeatedly. Excellence is therefore not an action, but a habit“.

Pavlok case opening
Pavlok case opening

After removing the three booklets, the bracelet appears in a black polystyrene box. Black bracelet too with a lightning bolt engraved on its central part. To be able to charge the Pavlok, a USB cable is provided. Space-saving, the Pavlok case is discreet and easy to transport.

The elements of the Pavlok case
The elements of the Pavlok case

Design and ergonomics

After removing the bracelet from its case, it turns out easy to attach to the wrist. Its attachment system is a pin buckle, the most common type of clasp which equips the vast majority of watches. Its material is pleasant and makes its contact with the skin pleasant. On its inside, the Pavlok is equipped with a small metal-colored battery.

The Pavlok bracelet out of its box.
The Pavlok bracelet out of its box
Pavlok pin-type clasp
Pavlok pin-type clasp

To Review, without having to download the application, the discharge of electricity that the Pavlok is supposed to send you when you are on the verge of not respecting the objective that you set for yourself, just press two seconds on the lightning engraved on the bracelet: and there indeed we see that it is better not to cross the line, the discharge is quite unpleasant, even if it is not particularly painful when the bracelet is adjusted on its intenbasic 50 volt.

The Pavlok battery that sends electric shocks
The Pavlok battery that sends electric shocks

Pavlok app

The application is very easy to install. Once downloaded, it will offer to activate your Bluetooth and pair with it on its own, which comes in handy during installation. You will need to create an account; but unlike many other bracelets, it is done very quickly. Indeed, the app only asks for your name, your age, and your country of residence.

In its basic kit, Pavlok offers six programs to choose from: Stop smoking, Eat better, Stop dozing, Be more productive, Stop biting your nails and Get into sport.

Pavlok app
Pavlok app

Once your program has been chosen, you can listen to an audio recording course from the creator of Pavlok who will guide you through the use of your bracelet. It will warn you, for example, that an electric shock is not necessarily necessary to remind you to change your habits, but that a vibration can do the trick, or even a simple sound signal.

This little recording is really original and offers another, much more human vision of smart health connected objects.. There are indeed different records that unlock as you progress in your use of the Pavlock. In the first recording, the creator of the bracelet simply invites us to choose a bad habit, and to press the button which is used to send the discharge whenever we feel the need to indulge in this habit. This is the first stage of brain conditioning, which will then allow the brain to recognize the stimulus when the bracelet activates on its own..

These recordings offer very interesting meditation sessions if we play the game.. They will help you focus on yourself and ask the right questions about your bad habits. They will help you identify the causes of your tics, and try to understand them better and finally control them.

These sessions are also very important, because they are the ones who will advise on how to use the Pavlok's zap function. It is not a question of being electrocuted at random, but of self-discipline by launching a discharge at a key moment to try to create automatisms. This is repeated both in the lessons and in the application: the first step is to become aware of your bad habits and how to recognize them.

The Pavlok file
The Pavlok file

Use / Getting started

However, some habits are difficult to pin down. This is why the bracelet offers different extensions to help you better resist the temptation.. For example, you can install an extension to Google Chrome to restrict your access to the Internet. Convenient if you want to avoid procrastinating or if you want to limit your access to certain sites.

You can also link the Pavlok to IFTTT. With this feature, you can set up scenarios that, when they happen in reality, will activate the bracelet. It is for example possible to connect the Pavlok to other smart health connected objects such as a refrigerator or a fitness bracelet in order to administer a discharge if you are going to eat outside of meal times or if you do not reach your sporting goals.

The Pavlok in
The Pavlok in “situation”

It is also possible to set up alarms if you tend not to hear your alarm clock or to press the snooze button history of sleeping “another five minutes”. With a small discharge, you should be awake enough to get out of bed. By getting up earlier, you will be more tired in the evening and so you can rearrange your sleep cycle.

Finally, you can configure the bracelet so that it activates via motion detection. If you make this choice, it will send you a signal as soon as your hand is raised more than two seconds. So this is to remind you not to smoke, bite your nails, or pull your hair out.

The Pavlok is known to send dumps, but it's not the only way it works. You can vibrate, ring, or even send notifications to yourself. The product can quickly be very annoying if you are not motivated. Indeed: you have to accept the fact that it will force you to change your habits, which is annoying by definition. It is an object to accompany you: think before you buy it, because if you are not determined, it will end up quickly on a shelf.

Against competition

The Pavlok is a one of a kind product. There are currently no direct or indirect competitors.

Conclusion

Good points

  • Sleek design
  • Original
  • Pleasant to use

Negative points

  • Expensive compared to its features

Design & Finishing / Ergonomics

Use / handling

Overview

Design & Finishing / Ergonomics : Efficient and original design.
Application : Very intuitive and original, it gives another vision of what smart health connected objects can be.
Features : They turn out to be quite limited, even if the bracelet keeps the promises it makes.
Use / Getting started : The object is easy to handle and poses no problem of understanding.
Value for money : The bracelet remains expensive compared to its functionalities.

3

3 out of 5

In the average

(Review) Pavlok, the smart health connected bracelet against bad habits

Reviewed by Geoffrey

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Design & Finishing / Ergonomics : Efficient and original design.
Application : Very intuitive and original, it gives another vision of what smart health connected objects can be.
Features : They turn out to be quite limited, even if the bracelet keeps the promises it makes.
Use / Getting started : The object is easy to handle and poses no problem of understanding.
Value for money : The bracelet remains expensive compared to its functionalities.

Rating: 3

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