UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A euthanasia activist wants to make death as easy as pushing a button.
Philip Nitschke unveiled his so-called “suicide machine” at a funeral fair in Amsterdam last week.
The “Sarco” — short for sarcophagus — is a 3D-printed pod that allows users to kill themselves using nitrogen gas.
Visitors to the fair used virtual reality glasses to simulate the experience.
Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink hope to build the first functioning Sarco by the end of the year.
They want to post the plans online for anyone to download and 3D print.
Users would first have to pass an online test to confirm their sanity.
They would then use an access code valid for 24 hours to climb into the Sarco and press a button allowing the nitrogen gas to fill the chamber.
Nitschke says a person would feel a bit dizzy before passing out within a minute and dying.