Tikker - The Watch of Death?

Jack Goblin By Jack Goblin, 2nd Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>News>Technology

Most watches just tell you the time. But what about a watch that also tells you how long you have left to live?

Not your father's wristwatch.

There is a new watch, the Tikker, scheduled to be on the market later this year. The watch strap and body are nothing interesting; but the face, a round LCD, has three rows of numbers. If you buy a Tikker, it will come with a questionnaire you fill out with information about your age, weight, country in which you reside, and a few other matters. Adding up the numbers on this questionnaire gives you a figure that, according to actuarial tables, is how long you'll live, on average. You input this number into the Tikker and it starts counting backwards, years, months, days, and hours, minutes, seconds, showing how long you have to live on two of the watch face lines.

The third line is for local time.

Of course this is all extremely imprecise. You could drop dead with years still on your Tikker from an unexpected heart attack or stroke; or live well past the date of your scheduled demise. The latter is, after all, merely an estimate. I suspect this is just a novelty item. Still, the psychological effects on those who chose to buy and wear one would be interesting to watch. Will they focus on getting the most out of every minute? Will they become impatient with any delay and increase the speed at which they live? Will they come to cherish each second? Will they get fed up and chuck the Tikker off a bridge or sell it on eBay?

If I had one, I think my response would be, every-time I looked at it, to growl "Up yours" and work harder to improve my health so as to put the lie to the countdown...


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Countdown To Death, Health, Lifetime, Novelty, Tikker, Watch

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author avatar Jack Goblin
Was born. Haven't died yet. Don't intend to anytime soon.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
2nd Jan 2014 (#)

You talking about the Tikker Pacemaker??? Damn, those things just need to skip a beat and you face the heat and drop dead.
Take care of your heart and make sure it doesnot skip a beat to get the Tikker Dr. Death inside.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
3rd Jan 2014 (#)

Interesting post and informative as well!

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author avatar Pollyal
4th Jan 2014 (#)

When I read about such inventions, I am amazed by the innovators..Thanks for sharing

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author avatar brendamarie
1st Mar 2015 (#)

Very interesting post, I do not think, would be anything I would wait.

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