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10-October 2013

Would YOU want to know when you'll die?

Now there's a watch that can predict your death to the nearest SECOND

  • The Tikker watch asks a set of questions about a wearer's medical history
  • Their age is subtracted from the results to get the estimated death date
  • Countdown then begins shown in years, days, hours, minutes and seconds
  • Creator claims it will help people make the most of the time they have left

First there was a website that predicted when your parents would die; now there's a watch that not only predicts when you will die, it also begins counting down.

Users fill out a questionnaire about their medical history before subtracting their age from the overall results to get their death score. This score is entered into the Tikker and the countdown begins.

Dubbed the 'death watch', Tikker has been created by Swedish inventor Fredrik Colting but far from being morbid, Colting calls it 'The Happiness Watch' and claims it has been designed to help people make the most of their life and cherish the time they have left.

'While death is non-negotiable, life isn't. All we have to do is learn how to cherish the time and the life that we have been given; seize the day and follow our hearts.' Colting came up with the idea when his grandfather passed away.

To set up Tikker, the wearer fills out a questionnaire by entering information about their medical history.

They are also asked whether they drink or smoke and if there are any instances of cancer, diabetes and other diseases in their family.

Wearers are additionally asked about how much exercise they do, as well as how much they weigh before receiving a score.

Their age is then deducted from the results to predict a death date, and the Tikker begins the countdown.

The Tikker watch, pictured, comes in black and white and costs $59 (36). It is due to be shipped by April 2014 and Colting is hoping to raise $25,000 (15,500) to fund the project on Kickstarter

The top row of the watch's digital display shows years, months and days, while the second row counts down hours, minutes and seconds. The bottom row shows the local time.

'From years to seconds it presents time ever moving, never standing still, and our lives dwindling towards the final rest,' said Cotling.

'The occurrence of death is no surprise to anyone, but in our modern society we rarely talk about it. I think that if we were more aware of our own expiration Im sure wed make better choices while we are alive.'

The design team has set up a Tikker Kickstarter hoping to raise $25,000 (15,500). The watch costs $59 (36) and is due to be shipped by April 2014.

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