Memento Mori is a health tracker and avatar display system that measures and visualizes the effects of health behavior to forecast how soon a person will die. Health is measured with a new metric: telomere length as an indicator of biological age. In calculus with life expectancy, biological age determines how much of a person’s life remains.
The tracker is a sensor that automatically monitors and wirelessly uploads data about a person’s health behavior, such as physical activity. It is as small, inconspicuous, and as easily carried as a coin. Upon tapping, biological and chronological ages and life expectancy are illuminated and visualized as concentric circles and individual numerical figures.
The display synthetically ages living organisms as avatars. Display avatars are embodiments of a person’s chronological and biological ages. The display of a person who is “biologically young” shows little contrast between avatars as they develop, wither, and die in unison. The avatars of a person who is “biologically old” shows great contrast: the biological age avatar dies prematurely, just as the person will in life.