Philip Nitschke, better known as Australia's “Dr. Death,” has created a machine meant to help suicidal persons achieve a painless death.
The machine, called the Sarco capsule, was developed in the Netherlands where doctor-assisted suicide has been legal since 2001.
With parts that can be 3D printed and assembled almost anywhere, the device consists of a reusable machine base and a capsule that can double as a coffin. Flowing liquid nitrogen through the closed capsule, a person will painlessly die in five minutes after a few moments of disorientation and eventual unconsciousness.
Nitschke, founder of an organization that promotes voluntary euthanasia, and author of the suicide handbook The Peaceful Pill, believes the entire process can take place without the assistance of a doctor.
"In my opinion — and when it comes to the Sarco — a doctor is not necessary. There are still certain conditions that people need to meet before they are considered, like being of sane mind. This is determined by an online questionnaire," Nitschke said.
In addition to the 3D-printed parts, the capsule is also outfitted with an escape hatch of sorts in case the user has a change of heart. By clicking a button, the escape window will open, allowing oxygen to fill the capsule.