New Virtual Reality Death Machine Lets You Experience Your Own Cremation

Monday, 04 April 2016 - 12:49PM
Weird Science
Virtual Reality
Monday, 04 April 2016 - 12:49PM
New Virtual Reality Death Machine Lets You Experience Your Own Cremation
Get ready for the most morbid virtual reality experience yet. A new attraction in Shanghai allows customers to experience their own deaths and simulate their own cremation, just in case you can't wait to die and want a preview.

The attraction gives customers the chance to experience "death and rebirth" without actually dying, although it's not so much death as being cremated while you're still conscious, which is significantly scarier. The participant enters a virtual reality chamber, the room goes dark to simulate death, and then the participant sees virtual flames engulfing them before emerging, unharmed, on the other side (no pun intended). 



One customer, Ji Ruoxing told Sky News that the experience is realistic and kind of terrifying:

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"At the moment when everything is completely black, the feeling was really realistic. Especially at the beginning, when I was sitting inside that room, and the door opened, I could hear the noise inside and was a little scared. And then when I went inside, I thought it was all right."
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According to the organizers, the motivation behind the creation of this death machine is that facing the end of life is a "complicated and difficult task," and if one uses the machine, then "as one approaches the moment just before they face death, they don't have to think about these problems constantly." The reasoning makes some sense, since many phobias are helped by facing your fears, but at the same time, I'm not sure anyone is worried about what cremation is like? Because presumably you would already be dead?

Still, another customer, Lu Siwei, viewed it as a meaningful, even transformative experience:
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"This is a really interesting feeling. It at least gives you the chance to calm down, and brings you back to earth to think about some of life's problems... When you walk through that door, you will experience some changes in your mentality, and it will be different from what it was before you entered. "I think this is really great, and very worthwhile."
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Via Futurism

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