Tikker Watch: Make Every Second Count.
“Imagine someone told you that you only had 1 year left to live. How would that change your life?” That question is being posed on Kickstarter.com, a project funding website. The Tikker Watch is a strange new “death prediction” device that counts down how long you have to live, reports CNET News on Oct. 8.
Per the Kickstarter project page, the Tikker is described, not as a morbid personal doomsday clock of sorts, but rather, a reminder to make the most out of life.
“For all of us life comes with a best before date, and one day we’ll find ourselves at the end of the line. Gee, you’re thinking, this is really depressing! But, wait, there’s good news too! While death is nonnegotiable, life isn’t. The good news is that life is what you make of it – and oh boy can it be beautiful!”
The goal of those who wear the watch?
“All we have to do is learn how to cherish the time and the life that we have been given, to honor it, suck the marrow from it, seize the day and follow our hearts. And the best way to do this is to realize that seconds, days and years are passing never to come again. And to make the right choices.”
Created by Swedish inventor Fredrik Colting, users of the watch are asked a series of questions about their age, weight, smoking and drinking habits, exercise routines and medical history. The resulting “death score” is entered into the Tikker and the countdown begins.
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 acts as a typical watch and shows the local time.
“From years to seconds it presents time ever moving, never standing still, and our lives dwindling towards the final rest,” said Cotling.
“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,” adds Cotling.
As we improve our choices in diet and exercise, the Tikker can be reprogrammed to reflect improvements we make, thus pushing our doomsday date further off.
The Kickstarter project has already surpassed its goal of $25,000. As of the writing of this article, over $30,000 has been pledged by 723 backers. The project will run for a little over three weeks. Backers who pledge at least $39 will receive a personal Tikker.
Head over to Kickstarter for more info or to make your donation.