Blunt, existential reminders, like Robert Herrick's poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time," have been around for ages, always providing a tap on the shoulder that, dear mortal, the clock is ticking.
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For a more literal interpretation of this carpe diem theme, there's Tikker, a watch that not only tells time, but counts down the years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds until your death. Sure, it's a morbid accessory, but like Herrick, Tikker's creator wants to remind people to lead a more vibrant life.
"I think we can have a better life, and make better choices, if we are more aware of our upcoming expiration, Fredrik Colting told Mashable. "It gives us perspective - the little stuff suddenly doesn't seem so important anymore. That's why I see Tikker as a happiness watch."
The watch comes with a questionnaire designed to help wearer's estimate their remaining years. Once programmed, the liquid crystal display starts the count down. Launched as a now-funded Kickstarter campaign, the black and white time piece can be yours for $39.