Exit International's 'Suicide Machine' Euthanasia Capsule Lets You Experience Death in VR
As virtual reality tech continues to improve, developers and designers are finding new ways to create fantasies and rebuild real world experiences out of ones and zeros. Whether you want to play a gangster and get into a shootout on the freeway with a rival clan, get into a bar fight, cook a virtual dinner for a virtual family on a virtual stove, or climb into a porno, it is all possible from the comforts of your home with VR.
According to reports, there is one VR experience that goes a lot darker than hitting digital men with stools and darts—it's a VR capsule that lets people see what it is like to use a self-assisted suicide machine.
Dr. Philip Nitschke, once called the "Elon Musk of assisted suicide," founded an "aid-in-dying organization" called Exit International in 1997.
Stepping into future, Nitschke and his team are reportedly set to introduce a new suicide machine called a Sarco (short for sarcophagus) this spring.
To give the public a taste of how it works, they have 3D-printed a simulator capsule that lets you carry out the procedure in virtual reality.
There are no needles or weapons involved, just a button that releases liquid nitrogen to induce hypoxia, depriving the body of oxygen. The user loses consciousness within a minute and dies shortly after.
"A Sarco death is painless," Nitschke told Huffington Post. "There's no suffocation, choking sensation or 'air hunger' as the user breathes easily in a low-oxygen environment. The sensation is one of well-being and intoxication." Candidates for the real Sarco machine have to take an online test to gauge their "mental fitness" before receiving an access code for the device.
According to IFL Science, the plans for the device will be shared online so that anyone with a 3D printer large enough could, in theory, build their own.
The topic of assisted suicide is a complicated one that I don't have time to get into here, but as far as the VR experience goes, it sounds kind of lame.
From the explanation of the real process, it seems like the VR experience involves lying in a pod, pressing a button, and watching the screen go dark?
They better not be charging people for that.