Meet the Sarco, a suicide pod that lets patients activate the machine by blinking. It recently passed a legal review in Switzerland.
Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, but this method is new. Sarco is short for “sarcophagus.” The pod releases a gas that puts the occupant into a deep coma within two to five minutes and then lowers oxygen levels so the person dies through hypoxia “relatively” peacefully and painlessly. It is meant to be mobile so it can come to a patients’ home and double as a coffin after the procedure.
Opponents say that it glorifies assisted suicide because it is so futuristic and cool-looking. So far, the Sarco is in prototype.