New VR Simulation Lets You Experience Death


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Every now and again, generally while taking a shower, brushing our teeth, or trying to fall asleep at two in the morning, strange thoughts will enter our heads.

It can be difficult to recall the name of a hazy historical figure or whether lemonade is genuinely prepared with lemons. At other times, our minds choose the most inappropriate periods to attempt to answer the grand questions about the universe and life.

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Of course, what happens once it’s over, the moment of death, and what it would feel like are some of the fundamental questions we wrestle with throughout our lives.

Although it might be somewhat unsettling, especially if you’re trying to get your mind to calm down so you can sleep, the question is one we never stop looking for an answer to.

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Others have had near-death experiences, and many of them have tried to explain what happened. Some people have even been revived after medically dying.

Others think they catch a glimpse of an afterlife, while some claim to have an out-of-body experience in which they may see themselves in what may be their final moments.

A new VR simulation in Melbourne, Australia, aims to give users an experience akin to this by letting them imagine what it could be like to pass away.

It is a component of Shaun Gladwell’s exhibit Passing Electrical Storms, which is on display as part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now event.

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An “extended reality” (XR) experience made by Gladwell is described as “at once meditative and unsettling.”

From cardiac arrest to brain death, the simulation “guides participants through a simulated de-escalation of life,” which sounds rather scary

And one TikToker, known as croom12, who’s been to the experience themselves explained that people are ‘laid down, the bed vibrates, you flatline’ before doctors surround you and simulate failing to revive you.

He then said ‘you float up past them into space’ and as part of the VR experience, ‘you can see yourself in the goggles’ for the out-of-body experience.

People going through the experience are hooked up to a heart rate monitor and can quit at any time by raising their hand if it gets to be too much.

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Plenty said the exhibit ‘sounds intriguing’ and suggested it was something they’d like to give a go, but others were worried that experiencing what it was like to die sounded ‘really bad for your psyche’.

Other weird experiences like it include a VR experience of the ‘suicide machine’ which would let people experience a virtual recreation of how the machine would kill them.

At least it’s just an experience and not like that VR headset of made by the person who adapted an Oculus Rift so it’d kill you if you died in your game.