London: An American firm has come up with a wristband that jolts people in to giving up bad habits.
The ' Pavlok' wristband lets the user simply picks a bad habit he or she wishes to tackle and chooses the punishment it will mete out, the Independent reported.
The shocks can range anywhere from a vibration or sound reminder, to making the wearer pay a fee or sending a mild electric shock of up to 300 volts.
If on the other hand, the wearer gets up early as planned, goes to the gym or completes the hours necessary to complete an academic paper, then a financial reward is handed out or a friend is notified.
The wristband has been developed by a Boston company and contains a Bluetooth radio that links to a smartphone app that can, for example, tell if the user has turned up on time to the office for work and even claims to change behaviour and allow users to unlock their potential and seamlessly transform into the person they want to become.