The Tikker: a 'death watch' that counts down how long you have left to live
Managing to embody the philosophies of both YOLO and carpe diem, the Tikker is a modern reminder that every second counts
Running late? With Tikker you always are. This so-called “death watch” provides the ultimate momento mori: a no-frills LCD screen that counts down exactly how long you have left to live.
Built by a group of “designers, free-thinkers, lovers and life-afficionados” the concept behind the Tikker is to remind wearers of the important things in life. Never has the Tikker’s slogan – “make every second count” – been applied more appropriately.
Fredrik Colting, the watch’s creator, says the idea came to after his grandfather passed away: "It made me think about death and the transience of life, and I realized that nothing matters when you are dead. Instead what matters is what we do when we are alive,” says Colting on the Kickstarter page for the watch.
It seems that a lot of people agree with Colting. Funding for the watch began last month and the Tikker has already collected more than double its $25,000 goal, with over 1,300 individuals coughing up $39 for the watch.
As well as the timepiece itself, the Tikker comes with a simple actuarial quiz that provides users with a (very) rough estimate of their time left on Earth. Users punch this number into the Tikker and then, without ceremony, the watch begins its final countdown.
“All we have to do is learn how to cherish the time and the life that we have been given,” says Tikker’s Kickstarter page, “ And the best way to do this is to realize that seconds, days and years are passing never to come again.”
Of course, many sour-faced realists might point out that sometimes the right choices in life involve a certain amount of planning and patience but at least the Tikker lets these individuals calculate exactly how forward-thinking they can afford to be.
And for the rest of us it also tells the time.
Life & Style blogs
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Why this year's general election was the most unfair in Britain's history
- 1 Enrique Iglesias injured trying to catch a drone mid concert
- 2 Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, reveals new look on Annie Leibovitz shot Vanity Fair cover
- 3 Arsenal players boo chief-executive Ivan Gazidis after being told they would not get bonus for FA Cup triumph
- 4 Man on naked bike ride gets ejected after becoming aroused
- 5 UK weather: Temperatures set to soar making parts of Britain hotter than parts of the Mediterranean
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£55000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is looking for a Lea...
£45000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An IT Support Engineer is requi...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are a small IT consultancy...