How would you change your life if you knew you only had 10 more years to live? What about if you had just one year? A month? A day? Would you even want to know? Well, the development of a new wristwatch called the Tikker could revolutionize how we think about time — and life. The watch is capable of calculating the exact moment of your death, then starts counting down.
Developed by Swedish inventor Fredrik Colting, the Tikker has already earned the dubious nickname of the "death watch." But according to Colting, it ought to instead be called the "happiness watch." Rather than motivate doom and gloom, he hopes that the watch will help inspire people to make every second count, according to a Kickstarter page for the Tikker.
The watch calculates the moment of death by analyzing a questionnaire about a wearer's medical history. It takes into consideration a wide range of factors, such as whether the wearer is a drinker or smoker, whether they have a history of genetic disease in their family, and even how much they weigh and how often they exercise. A death date is then predicted, and the watch begins the countdown.
Colting said he came up with the idea after his grandfather passed away.
"The occurrence of death is no surprise to anyone, but in our modern society, we rarely talk about it. I think that if we were more aware of our own expiration I’m sure we’d make better choices while we are alive," said Colting.
Of course, the date shown by the wristwatch is only an educated guess. There's no way to really know the exact moment of your death. But by counting down to a projected end date, the watch offers its wearer a new perspective on the value of time.
"From years to seconds it presents time ever moving, never standing still, and our lives dwindling towards the final rest," said Colting.
The watch promises such profound insights that it even comes with a philosophical manual titled, "About Time," to help you ponder the deep questions. The book aids in answering some big issues, such as "What is time?," "When did time begin?" and "Is time endless?"
At the very least, the watch ought to be a great social ice breaker. Whether you find the concept morbid or revelatory, it promises to make your dinner party conversations far more interesting.
The watch also functions as a normal wristwatch too, keeping track of the date and time, though the countdown clock will be featured most prominently at the top of the display.
The Tikker design team hopes to raise at least $25,000 through Kickstarter. Once funded, it should only cost $59 to purchase one.
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