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Would You Wear a ‘Death Watch’?

Would You Wear a ‘Death Watch’?

A wristwatch that counts down to your inevitable demise: gruesome or genius?

The answer to this question may well depend on who you ask. Many people probably feel that having an ever-present reminder of one’s mortality strapped to one’s wrist is a decidedly depressing notion. But the creators of “Tikker—the death watch that counts down your life,” take a different tack.

“Imagine someone told you that you had only one year left to live—how would that change your life? For all of us, life comes with a ‘best before’ date,” says the video featured on the watch’s Kickstarter page.

Fredrik Colting, the Swedish inventor who came up with the concept of Tikker while musing on his grandfather’s death, nicknamed his creation “The Happiness Watch.”

“Forget all about ‘smart watches’ that will keep you connected to your work email 24/7,” says Colting. “How about a watch that is designed to actually make you happier, and help you get a better life?”

Tikker’s implementation is simple: you fill out a questionnaire that is designed to calculate how long you’ll live, subtract your age from that estimation, and enter it in to the digital interface on the watch. From then on, all you have to do is glance down at your wrist to be reminded of the years, days and seconds that you can never get back.

The accuracy of the watch’s life expectancy calculations have yet to be determined and, of course, no timepiece can take into account the unpredictable events of life, such as automobile accidents and health emergencies. But the concept and message behind the product are intriguing.

To drive home the point of the importance of life’s irretrievable moments, the accessory’s manual, About Time, includes musings on such topics as, “What is time?” and “Is time endless?”

Oh, and it is a real watch too—displaying the time of day directly below your individual death day countdown.

What do you think about the idea of a ‘death watch’? Would such a device compel you to be more mindful of how you spend your days, or create additional anxiety of how little time you have left to live?

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By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor

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4:51PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

What about a watch that counted down the demise of someone evil and vile that had purposely harmed humanity?

4:43PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Q.: "Would You Wear a ‘Death Watch’?"

A.: "If you’re worried about death and about your own end, don’t. It’s coming whether you like it or not. You will either arrive at the end of your life in style or you will arrive broken and beaten, but whichever way you choose, have no doubt that you WILL ARRIVE. - Life is Finite, So Live it Well" - Johnny B. Truant

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/death-kits-would-you-purchase-your-genetic-fate.html#ixzz2tXFL2TU2

7:49AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

No, such a watch will not make me more mindful .
I know what works better .
Visit a nursing home each week,for the demented and those with Altzheimer's.
Many of those living there are younger than 60 years old.

I visit nursing homes.
That reminds me that time is running out,and the years I have left may be many but will it be years I can enjoy in good health? This watch tell you nothing about the quality of life, only the years,months,weeks,days and hours you probably have left.

8:28PM PST on Dec 25, 2013

oh my......

10:43PM PST on Nov 26, 2013

Sounds weird to me!

9:21PM PST on Nov 19, 2013

no ... this sounds like some bad science fiction movie.

11:54PM PST on Nov 9, 2013

This is the most morbid thing I've ever seen! Surely this would just plunge you into depression and deep regret for the things you haven't had time to do. You are probably more likely to die trying to keep up with this thing then you would naturally. It's very dark and twisted and no way can it calculate your death as your life isn't mapped out, you can't predict what is going to happen on a few health questions. Can't a watch not just simply tell the time anymore?

8:50AM PST on Nov 3, 2013

No

4:07PM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

NO.

11:28AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Think for a minute that you're in relatively good health, eat right as best you can, and have no real worries...and it's supposedly the last day of your life - according to a watch. The mind can do very strange things. If it can heal you in many ways, it can make your body believe it's dying. All because a watch told you so?? Wouldn't take a chance!

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