An Apple Watch App Shows Counts Down To The Time Of Your Death
Have you seen those apps on Facebook or any other social media that show the date of your death? These apps are just for fun and most probably generate a random date for your death. In fact, it is nearly impossible to predict when a person will die. But there is an app for Apple Watch that takes this challenge and shows the date of your death.
Life Clock, an Apple Watch app, makes an educated guess about your lifespan by taking into account the health data from the sensors of Apple Watch. It also takes into account your activities and then accordingly add or subtract minutes from the time you have in your life. Minutes are added to your clock when you have been to the gym, and subtracted when you have slept too few hours.
Some of the information is obtained via Apple’s HealthKit. Other APIs are also used to get data about your activity.
Having a constant reminder about your death can be frustrating or may make some people panic. But the app’s intention is not to panic people, rather it is to motivate them in getting their life right. The app aims to help them in making good decisions and to increase happiness in their lives.
“The whole idea is to confront your mentality,” Tom Le Bree, founding partner at Rehabstudio, told Mashable. “We want to encourage people to make good decisions today by giving them a palpable reminder that those actions will have an impact tomorrow.”
There are plenty of mortality countdowns available on the Internet, but having one on your wrist is a better reminder to the people. It doesn’t even need manual entries about your activities as it seamlessly incorporates your daily activities as they happen.
However, the makers of Life Clock are focused on the psychological effects their app has on the people, rather than accurately predicting the time of death. They consider their app a psychological tool to help people in re-evaluating their habits. “It’s something like putting a photo on the fridge to stop you from late-night snacking,” Le Bree said.
The accidents are always expected, of course. But Life Clock is the first step in this field. As the medical field advances and DNA sequencing becomes more accessible, the app will be able to incorporate more information to accurately estimate a person’s lifespan.
Apple Watch and other wearables are already providing health-related information, which app developers can use to create more innovative apps.