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Tikker Watch Counts Down to Your Death Based on Medical History

Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 12:18 PM

By Michael Mullins

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The Tikker watch predicts and counts down to when you, its user, will die. It makes for a great gift, too.

Before the death countdown can begin, users are asked to fill out a medical history questionnaire that among other questions asks if there are instances of cancer and diabetes in their family, whether or not they drink or smoke, and how much they weigh.

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Once complete, the questionnaire calculates approximately how long the user will live according to the data provided, from which the Tikker user then subtracts their current age from their death score, which is then entered into the Tikker watch to let the countdown begin, the Daily Mail reported.

The new device, which is currently in the development stage, is being promoted on the fundraising website Kickstarter.com, where it has raised more than $34,500 from 790 backers as of 12:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

Donors must give a $39 pledge to receive the watch once it is made available, CNET.com noted.

Despite its apparent morbid premise having been dubbed the "death watch" by some, the Tikker is actually intended to encourage people to live their life to the fullest and enjoy every moment knowing that our lives are fleeting, according to Sweden's Fredrik Colting, who invented it.

Referring to it as "The Happiness Watch," Colting says he came up with the idea following the death of his grandfather several years ago.

"It made me think about death and the transience of life, and I realized that nothing matters when you are dead," Colting said on Tikker's Kickstarter.com webpage. "Instead what matters is what we do when we are alive."

In an email to the website Mashable earlier this month Colting added, "I think we can have a better life, and make better choices, if we are more aware of our upcoming expiration. It gives us perspective — the little stuff suddenly doesn't seem so important anymore. That's why I see Tikker as a happiness watch."

"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," Colting told the Daily Mail.





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