A 3D-printed euthanasia device that will assist users to kill themselves was displayed for the first time on Saturday (April 14) during a funeral fair in Amsterdam. Dubbed ‘Sarco,’ short for sarcophagus, the model was revealed alongside a virtual reality (VR) demonstration which let attendees experience the pod in action.
The device first hit the headlines last year after prototype designs were released by its two creators, Australian euthanasia activist Dr. Philip Nitschke, who has been nicknamed “Dr. Death,” and Dutch engineer Alexander Bannink. In 1997, Nitschke founded the ‘end-of-life’ non-profit organization Exit International.
The Sarco provides death by hypoxia, or low levels of oxygen, and is designed to be portable. It will come with a built-in detachable coffin and its inventors claim that a fully-functioning version will be built this year, after which the blueprints will be made open source and published online for anyone to access and download.
“In many countries suicide is not against the law, only assisting a person to commit suicide is,” Nitschke told Agence France-Presse (AFP) at the event.