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