Hopelessly addicted to email, social networking, or other online distractions? Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff created Pavlov Poke to wean themselves off Facebook and finish their dissertations.
While this project is intended to be a joke, the project creators believe a serious discussion is needed about how communication technologies are designed.
In the technical side their build uses the UI inspector in OS X and a Python script to activate an Arduino connected to one of those trick ‘shocking chewing gum’ pranks. Because shocks just aren’t extreme enough for some user, there is also one step further by invoking the wrath of Mechanical Turk users (a random person being paid $1.40 to yell over the phone for wasting time on Facebook).