The device simplifies what Nitschke dubs ‘rational suicides’ ensuring that the process is painless and easy—an optimal way to go.
The Sarco was developed by Nitschke’s organization Exit International which bills itself as an ‘aid-in-dying’ organization.
The machine includes a base topped by a translucent chamber perfectly proportioned to comfortably fit a single human being.
After settling into the pod the user pushes a button and the chamber starts to fill with liquid nitrogen – slowly decreasing the oxygen level in the pod.
After a minute the user will become unconscious – experiencing almost no pain – according to the Newsweek report.
(The doctor describes the changes as akin to ‘an airplane cabin depressurizing’.)
After death comes – which is fairly swift – the chamber can be used as a coffin.
The base – just fyi – is reusable.
In a press release Exit International notes the Sarco ‘was designed so that it can be 3D printed and assembled in any location’ and that blueprints will be freely available on the internet.