Is this really what it's like to die?
A new device that simulates an out of body experience is giving people the opportunity to experience what it feels like when you die, claims the creator.
Outrospectre is designed to provide terminally ill patients in hospitals, the feeling of dying using virtual reality technology. It is said to be a helpful form of therapy for the patients, by allowing them to confront death. As a result, the creator hopes that it lessens the trauma of the real thing.
This experimental device is the creation of Frank Kolkman, a Dutch designer who graduated the Royal College of Art in London.
Mr Kolkman said: "The fear and experience of death is a neglected topic. If we began treating our anxieties surrounding death, it might mean the process of dying could become more comfortable."
Patients stand with their back to a robotic head that is equipped with a 3D camera in each eye socket. The head is mounted on a track that allows it move forwards and backwards.
Wearing a virtual reality headset, the patient can watch themselves as the camera feed pulls backward away from their body.
Four out of five people who have tested the death simulator have reported experiencing sensations of physically moving or feeling as if they are present in two places at once.