In what seems like a counterintuitive way to save money, you’ll soon be able to spend your hard-earned dollars on a wearable engineered to shock you if overspend.
Designed by British tech company Intelligent Environments, the strange feature is designed to work with the Pavlok, an existing wearable that shocks users to help them beat bad habits like nail biting.
Users connect the device to their credit card or bank and set a spending limit. When they exceed it, the device shocks them with force ranging from “pleasant to slightly uncomfortable,” The Guardian reports. While the Pavlok is currently available for purchase (a steal at $179), the banking feature has not yet been made available to the public.
It’s an … interesting (read: semi-terrifying) concept as far as wearable tech is concerned, but as somebody who has both purchased a Fitbit and borrowed an Apple Watch (from a friend with a higher “Tech I Don’t Really Need” budget) only to promptly abandon both, I can’t see myself spending nearly $200 and strapping something to my wrist purely in the hopes of sparing my savings account (which is now $200 in the red after buying the stupid thing). But, hey, different strokes for different folks. Or, um, shocks, as it were.