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In August 2012, Tony Nicklinson’s application to the high court for assistance to suicide was rejected. He died shortly after the decision by refusing food and water.
The concept of a capsule that could be used to provide a reli- able, peaceful, even euphoric death with no medical assistance persisted. This persistence led to the development of Sarco. Sarco, short for sarcophagus, is a stylish and elegant capsule which creates a sense of occasion: a sense of travel to a ‘new destination’, while dispelling the ‘yuk’ factor associated with the plastic bag.
A short film explaining the concept, collaboration and build of Sarco is at: https://vimeo.com/333502917
Design and Manufacture
In order to quickly fill a capsule with nitrogen, expelling any oxygen and inducing a rapid loss of consciousness, com- pressed gas can not be used. The rapid release of the required amount of compressed gas would be far too noisy. Liquid ni- trogen (LN2) offers a very effective alternative.