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Punitive Wearable Technology

Tan’s Devices are Reality Mediators for Bad Habits and Laziness

— January 19, 2014 — Tech
In the ever-growing realm of innovations that have more and more to do with wearable technology, Chinese designer Ling Tan created a series of Reality Mediators that aim to punish laziness and bad habits. These wearable technologies incorporate sensors that are able to detect any form of muscle movement, GPS locating and brainwave activity. It may cause uneasy and undesirable sensations if the wearer stops moving, stops concentrating or takes a mental pause for too long. They will then experience an unpleasant experience that can come in form of an electric shock or an unpleasant sound. On the electrical armband Tan, it says, “The muscle electrical stimulation armband has the ability to disrupt the user’s daily activities such as typing, writing or holding something in their hand”.

The result is the wearer is forced into changing their habits or routine in order to avoid the uncomfortable shock the devices cause.
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