October 9, 2013
Tikker: Wear Your Death Date On Your Wrist
[ Watch the Video: Tikker Counts Down To Your Ultimate Demise ]
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Though it may not be fun admitting it, many people truly do their best work under a deadline. The guidelines and barriers which surround a task in many ways can be freeing and allow people to know exactly what is expected of them and when. The makers of Tikker, the death watch that counts down your life, likely thrive under deadlines.
Just as the name implies, Tikker is a watch that not only tells time, it also slowly counts down to your supposed last breath. The Tikker team readily admits the idea sounds morbid, but add that the idea behind the watch is to encourage wearers to realize their life has an end date and that they should make the most of their lives while they have them.
Tikker isn’t yet a product you can actually buy, however. Like many other big ideas, the death watch is starting out its life on Kickstarter. The campaign is set to expire on the afternoon of November 1st and, at the time of this writing, has earned over $34,000 of a $25,000 goal.
"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," explained Tikker’s creator Fredrik Colting in an email to Mashable.
The death watch will arrive with an instruction manual and a questionnaire meant to estimate how long the wearer is scheduled to live. Once the expiration date is determined, it can be programmed into Tikker. The death watch literally counts down the seconds to the wearer’s utter demise, all the while displaying the current time.
Outside of the ethos behind Tikker, there’s nothing remarkable about the time piece. It’s a simple liquid crystal display backed by a simple countdown mechanism. Once the death date is programmed, it begins counting down. It doesn’t connect via Bluetooth, it doesn't come in a myriad of colors (black and white only) and at only $39, likely won’t ship with a battery which will last long enough to ride with you until your final blaze of glory.
“Tikker isn’t really about the technology, because what it is, in its most basic form, is an advanced egg timer,” admits Colting in an interview with All Things D. “But the point we are trying to make is that the wearer should in some way be conscious of their own expiration, and that in turn will make you better appreciate life. Like people who’ve had near-death experiences, or lived through diseases.”