A new device called the Tikker watch has just come out which promises to predict not only when you will die but also counts down to the seconds one’s eventual demise.
Dubbed the ‘death watch‘ (how savory), the Tikker watch is an invention courtesy of Swedish inventor Fredrik Colting who has taken to calling his little gem ‘The Happiness Watch‘.
The watch tells Colting is designed not to make one miserable but rather more aware that one is obliged to make the most of their time and to cherish the time they have left.
Tells Colting: ‘Imagine someone told you that you only had one year left to live. How would that change your life? For all of us life comes with a best-before date,’
‘While death is non-negotiable, life isn’t. All we have to do is learn how to cherish the time and the life that we have been given; seize the day and follow our hearts.’
The inventor tells he came up with the idea when his grandfather passed away.
In using the Tikker watch, one simply fills out an accompanying questionnaire about their medical history.
Choice questions include if one smokes (yes) if they drink(moderately) and if there any instances of cancer, diabetes or any other diseases in their family (thankfully no…).
Wearers are additionally asked about how much exercise they do(moderate), as well as how much they weigh before receiving a score (lost weight).
From their one’s age is then deducted from the results to predict a death date, and the Tikker begins the countdown. Delicious.
The top row of the watch’s digital display shows years, months and days, while the second row counts down hours, minutes and seconds. The bottom row shows the local time.
Goes on to tell Colting: ‘From years to seconds it presents time ever moving, never standing still, and our lives dwindling
towards the final rest,
‘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.’
The design team has set up a Tikker Kickstarter hoping to raise $25,000 (£15,500). The watch costs $59 (£36) and is due to be shipped by April 2014.
Of course one wonders how many of us will rush to acquire the death watch given that most of us are not exactly too keen to be reminded of one’s own mortality and one’s ever coming demise. Then again perhaps in the face of death it may help one live life to the fullest.
Time for another smoke I reckon….