Want List: The Watch That Counts Down Your Death

It's the 'happiness' gadget you didn't know you wanted

It’s being billed as ‘The Happiness Watch’. But we’re still undecided whether being constantly reminded how many minutes you have left on Planet Earth equates to happiness. But first let us explain the idea.

You fill in a questionnaire – age, lifestyle habits, etc – and the Tikker watch does the rest, calculating the quantity of hours, minutes and seconds until you breathe your last breath.

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After that the countdown begins – a watch on your wrist which ticks down a finite display of numbers from now until your sorry demise.

If it sounds morbid to you, you’re probably right.

But the people behind it take a very different view, including inventor Fredrik Colting who came up with the idea when his Grandad died and now is looking for Kickstarter funding.

“It made me think about death and the transience of life,” he explains, “and I realized that nothing matters when you are dead. Instead what matters is what we do when we are alive.”

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Hmmm, go on.

“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.”

It’s an interesting case to make, that having our mortality thrust in our face all day every day will help us make more of our time. The other side of the coin is that seeing it ticking down as we clear our email inbox or queue up at the Post Office might have a slightly different effect.

To support the Tikker project, go to mytikker.com 

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