In case you need yet another reminder that life is short, you may soon be able to wear one on your wrist.
Tikker is a watch that counts down the years, months, days, hours, and seconds remaining until your death. More accurately, the Kickstarter project slowly ticks down to its best guess as to when your death will occur. To land on this date, you’ll fill out a health-related questionnaire, subtract your current age from the results you get, and just like that the countdown begins. Since Tikker is at its core a wristwatch, you’ll be able to see the regular time while wearing it. But every time you glance at your wrist, you’ll see a constant reminder of your mortality and the fleeting time you have left.
And while the premise sounds morbid, Tikker’s creators say their goal is “to remind you to make most of your life” and achieve happiness. “If you knew how much time you had left, wouldn’t you use that time wisely? No more pointless arguments, no more chasing after what you don’t really want,” reads Tikker’s Kickstarter page. “If you know that time is ending, you make every second count.” It’s one of the more bizarre projects we’ve seen of late, but early evidence suggests there’s demand for this sort of day-to-day motivation. Tikker is well on its way to meeting a funding goal of $25,000; the money will be used for tooling, assembly, testing, and ultimately distributing this “death watch” to its backers.
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