Forget smartwatches. What the world needs is a good deathwatch. Enter Tikker, the wristwatch that literally counts down the seconds until you die. It's a friendly reminder to stop wasting your time, and Tikker is running a Kickstarter campaign to get it in production.
"Tikker is a wrist watch that counts down your life from years to seconds, and motivates you to make the right choices. Tikker will be there to remind you to make most of your life, and most importantly, to be happy," says the watch's creators. "Wearing a Tikker is a statement to the world that your biggest priority in life, is living."
All you have to do is fill out a questionnaire to determine your expected expiration date and set it up. Tikker will display the years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds until you shuffle off this mortal coil. It's also display the current time, if you were wondering.
Tikker calls itself "The Happiness Watch," although some may argue that having a constant reminder of your inevitable mortality strapped to your arm at all times is anything but.
But the project is gaining traction. With more than 3 weeks left in its Kickstarter funding campaign, Tikker has already raised nearly $18,000 of its $25,000 goal. You have until November 1st to back it.
"For all of us life comes with a best before date, and one day we'll find ourselves at the end of the line. Gee, you're thinking, this is really depressing! But, wait, there's good news too! While death is nonnegotiable, life isn't. The good news is that life is what you make of it – and oboy can it be beautiful! All we have to do is learn how to cherish the time and the life that we have been given, to honor it, suck the marrow from it, seize the day and follow our hearts. And the best way to do this is to realize that seconds, days and years are passing never to come again. And to make the right choices," says the Tikker team.
There's no denying that there is beauty in human mortality. The fact that one day everyone will cease to exist certainly makes every single moment mean just a little more. Who knows? Maybe a constant, ticking reminder that you've only got a brief time here on this Earth is just the kick in the ass that some people need to stop acting like dicks and wasting their time. Not to mention it's a nice looking watch.
Images via Tikker