Age crises across the world are set to intensify with the release of the Tikker watch – a new type of wristwatch that not only tells users what time it is, but also how much time they have left. By synthesizing data from questionnaires and medical records, the Tikker watch predicts the exact date and time of your death. According to developer Fredrik Colting, the innovation serves as a sobering reminder of our inevitable mortality.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, Colting said he came up with the idea when his grandfather passed away. The Tikker, which he calls “The Happiness Watch,” helps users realize that life is precious, and that every second brings them a little closer to death.
“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,” he explained. “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.”
The technology derives an estimated time of death by combining a wide variety of biological and environmental factors. Users are asked to complete a questionnaire about their medical record, family disease history, allergies, and alcohol intake. They are also asked about their weight and exercise habits. After the user's current age is subtracted from the score, the countdown begins.
“From years to seconds it presents time ever moving, never standing still, and our lives dwindling towards the final rest,” Colting explained. "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.”
To promote the Tikker watch, Colting and his developers have set up a Kickstarter campaign. The project will be funded if at least $25,000 is pledged by November 1.