In 2007, Kevin Kelly started displaying a life expectancy countdown clock on his computer. (I posted about it on Boing Boing.) Here's what he wrote about it:
I've been using this system for several months now and it has been very powerful. Day to day I am aware -- and can rattle off if I am asked - how many days I have left. I decided to post my project today because on my clock it shows a handily rounded off sum. So here is the news: As of today I have 8,500 days left to live. That's not much in my book. I can almost hear them ticking away as we speak. I look at my lifelist of current dreams and I realize that in only 8,500 days I won't get to but a few of them. And what of any new dreams?
(It must be at 6,500 or so now.) I thought of Kevin when I saw this 1991 patent for a “life expectancy timepiece”:
It shows the years, days, hours, minutes, and seconds you have left, according to actuarial data. I think Kevin's "days remaining" presentation is more moving than this watch's display, however. Someone should Kickstart a wristwatch that shows how many days you could expect to live!
Ogo is a battery powered wheelchair that has a hands-free control system. The creator says people can even mow their lawn while sitting in it. They say “we are currently in the preproduction set up, and are expected to be up and going soon.” (Thanks, Matthew!)
Inventions are exciting, but the best ones are art.
Two juniors at Cooper Union have re-invented the cardboard box, making a tape-free container that’s more environmentally-friendly and easier to use. Why didn’t the box-making industry think of this 50 years ago? (Thanks, Matthew!)
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