“What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.”
But some of us won’t be here next year.
Some will succumb to a lingering illness; others will fall prey to evil or simply happenstance—dying at the hand of a criminal, or at the wheel of a car. We give lip service to this fact, yet we can’t really imagine the ol’ earth rotating on its axis without us.
Fredrik Colting, a former undertaker from Sweden who now lives in Los Angeles, is pragmatic about it. “Death is non-negotiable,” Colting says. “Life isn’t.”
That’s why Colting has developed the “Tikker”—a wristwatch which counts down your life. Tikker utilizes an algorithm developed by the federal government to estimate a person’s life expectancy. The wearer of the watch completes a questionnaire, inputs his or her age, and the countdown begins.
Colting, who got the idea for the countdown watch after his own grandfather’s death, explained his motivation in an interview with ABC News. He said:
“I think that if we are aware of death, and our own expiration, that we will have a greater appreciation for life. Some people have gone through near-death experiences, or survived serious illnesses, and they come out of it with a new way to look at life. They no longer sweat the small stuff, but are simply happy to be alive.”
Colting claims to have received thousands of orders or his “death watch” from “everyone from teenagers to retired folks” in the United States, France, Brazil, Vietnam and Russia, as well as other countries. He reports that Tikker will be available in April 2014 for only $79.
Colting’s group has produced this little Kickstarter video which explains his project.