Pavlok ~ Exercise Band with a Sadistic Twist
Shocking Behavior Mod Tool ~ The Pavlok ~ Has BDSM Applications
Note – I’m pleased the Pavlok device is available today, as I first wrote on this topic in 2014. At that time, it was just a concept. Now, it’s a shocking way to modify behavior. Whether it’s used solo, or in the context of a power exchange relationship, the Pavlok’s availability is a testament to its apparent effectiveness.
Naturally, I believe that an authority figure should have real authority.Maneesh Sethi
meet the Pavlok
It’s called the Pavlok, a shocking new way to stay fit. Styled to look like a simple fitness band, with a special electric twist.
This story first broke back in February 2014, published by Boston.com. Then, it was picked up by the Daily Mail later that same year, in July. It’s been covered by a wide variety of other news sources since.
I first read about the Pavlok at FetLife, thanks to electric play guru Uncle Abdul’s posting in the Remote-Control Devices Group. (You must be a registered FetLife member to view the Fetlife links.)
The story goes like this – A gentleman named Maneesh Sethi invented a device that automatically tracks a person’s exercise. It’s named the Pavlok.
Undoubtedly, the device’s name is meant to evoke the work of famous Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov, who pioneered research into the conditioned response of dogs.
Pavlok concept to reality
When I first read about the Pavlok, it was only a concept. Maneesh Sethi had raised $100,000 of the $500,000 needed to turn his shocking dream into a reality.
Because he had raised only 20% of his goal, I wasn’t sure this project would come to fruition. I even speculated that he needed to be shocked for motivation. With that said, there’s something you must consider in my defense.
His first 15 minutes of fame came back in 2012. Maneesh hit the news that year after advertising on Craigslist for someone to slap him if he became distracted. (see bottom)
Mr. Sethi sounds like a masochist to me. That might be my sadistic side showing through. Perhaps not. I’ll leave that up to you, my dear reader.
Certainly, something worked to motivate Sethi. Not only is the Pavlok a reality, a Pavlok2 is due for release November 15, 2017.
psychology and the Pavlok
Using the principles of conditioned responses (see right) the Pavlok provides a negative stimulus (shock) to change behavior.
If the user doesn’t meet the device’s pre-programmed goals, they receive an electric shock. The concept is that the small electric zaps will help to provide motivation.
This is a form of aversion therapy. Bad behaviors elicit unpleasant shocks. An upcoming version of the Pavlok will include rewards for good behavior too.
Ivan Pavlov - Conditioned Response
Like many great scientific advances, Pavlovian conditioning (aka classical conditioning) was discovered accidentally.
During the 1890s Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov was looking at salivation in dogs in response to being fed, when he noticed that his dogs would begin to salivate whenever he entered the room, even when he was not bringing them food…
Pavlov (1902) started from the idea that there are some things that a dog does not need to learn. For example, dogs don’t learn to salivate whenever they see food. This reflex is ‘hard-wired’ into the dog. In behaviorist terms, it is an unconditioned response (i.e., a stimulus-response connection that required no learning). In behaviorist terms, we write:
Unconditioned Stimulus (Food) > Unconditioned Response (Salivate)
Pavlov showed the existence of the unconditioned response by presenting a dog with a bowl of food and the measuring its salivary secretions.
However, when Pavlov discovered that any object or event which the dogs learned to associate with food (such as the lab assistant) would trigger the same response, he realized that he had made an important scientific discovery. Accordingly, he devoted the rest of his career to studying this type of learning.
from Simply Psychology ~ Pavlov’s Dogs by Saul McLeod
Over time, the motivation/avoidance becomes embedded deep in our psyche. For some folks, it really works.
The Pavlok was designed specifically for folks not willing to motivate themselves to exercise. But, it’s proving itself to be far more versatile.
The device is being used for behavior modification in a number of other ways. Pavlok wearers have reported using it to affect behaviors ranging from smoking cessation to nail-biting. There’s even an app to help folks wake up in the morning without hitting the alarm’s snooze button. It’s called the “shock clock”.
With such apparent versatility, is it any surprise that kinksters have discovered the Pavlok? Of course, they have found it can be adapted for use in power exchange relationships.
Pavlok for kink
With the Pavlok proving useful for behavior modification, it’s simple to envision a great number of potential uses within a power exchange relationship. At the very least it’s a motivational device to keep a submissive exercising. But, the potential is there for so much more.
Locally, I know of at least one couple in a D/s relationship who use the Pavlok as a part of their dynamic. I saw them with it at a MAsT meeting in 2016. The dominant controls the device’s programming. They set the goals. If the submissive does not comply, they are shocked. Absolute simplicity in its execution.
I can envision a number of potential BDSM uses for the Pavlok. It all depends on how the unit is programmed and the conditions under which it could be set off via remote means. Obviously, by interacting with a smartphone, a dominant could provide “motivation” for just about anything from hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away.
There are many potential games to be played. And, there are some possibilities for individuals in long-distance relationships too.
Here’s where I go from reality to pure fantasy.
I have to think the Pavlok would be most fun if the device could be somehow set to monitor a submissive’s orgasms. Orgasm control is one of my kinks, so this scenario has some nice appeal.
I don’t know if the device’s sensors could be sensitive enough to pick up the telltale motions of masturbation. If a submissive was very strongly one-handed, that might be enough.
Knowing the great lengths some males locked in a chastity device will go to in order to get off, motions sensors are not likely to be enough of a monitor. In my fantasy, some sort of galvanic skin sensor could warn a dominant, perhaps via text, that their submissive is masturbating. Permission to orgasm could be granted via text, or denied via a series of shocks.
I like the sound of having that sort of control. It could also be a lot of fun to turn that coin over. Imagine being able to require a specific number of orgasms per day, all monitored by a Pavlock sort of device. Fall behind schedule, and shocks would be delivered every few minutes until the required orgasm is delivered. A guessing game could ensue.
How many times does Master (or Mistress) require me to cum today? Get off too much, get shocked. Too little? That’ll earn shocks too. Sounds like a superb way to keep a submissive type individual in a heightened state of excitement and awareness.
Of course, that’s all fantasy. At least for now. To be honest, I never thought the Pavlov device would get funded. But the device made it to Shark Tank, and was offered a $500,000 low-interest loan. Maneesh Sethi turned it down…
And, it should be remembered that sex tech is a hot topic these days. Remote control devices for BDSM electrical play already exist. The technology for remote control of sex toys via Bluetooth and smartphones is also available. Really, who’s to say what tomorrow will bring?
For today, we already have a wonderful array of twisted devices for kinky fuckery. Just today, I saw another Fetlife post about the Pavlok. The post was penned by a man who’s interested in modifying a Pavlok to serve as an electrified cock ring. Whatever the future may bring, it’s certainly a wonderful time to be alive, and perhaps the best time ever in history to explore the joy of kink.
I figured, ‘This is stupid, why am I wasting this time doing nothing? When I have a boss, or someone of authority watching me, I always get my work done. How can I simulate the authority figure?
‘Naturally, I believe that an authority figure should have real authority.
‘And I am a big fan of Slap Bets. Put those together — and I realized I needed someone to make me work, with permission to slap me in the whenever I cheated.’
He then advertised the unconventional job under ‘gigs’on the San Francisco section of the online classified site Craiglist – and eventually hired a woman to hit him – saying it boosted his productivity.Maneesh Sethi