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End of Life Care Machine
DesignInteractive Dan Chen / September 5, 2021

Last Moment Hospital is an interactive installation, consisting of an empty room, a seating area and a reception desk. Signs, medical bracelets, health information forms, and other related medical products are used to transform the space into a hospital-like environment, where people go for their final rite of passage. In this empty room lit with a single fluorescent light is a hospital bed and the Last Moment Robot by the bedside. The robot is constructed as a medical device with a padded caressing arm, and a customized recording device designed to guide and comfort the dying patient. The whole event is carefully scripted.

Hello Susie, I am the last moment robot.
I am here to help you and guide you through your last moment on earth.
i am sorry that (pause) your family and friends can’t be with you right now, but don’t be afraid. I am here to comfort you. (pause)
you are not alone, you are with me. (pause)
Your family and friends love you very much, they will remember you after you are gone. (pause)
Time of death 11:56

The process of dying is probably the most vulnerable moment of a human life, where one seeks the assurance of human connection. In this installation, human presence is replaced it with a robot, questioning the quality of intimacy without humanity

The Last Moment Robot takes the idea of human replacement to a more extreme scale. It allows for robotic intimacy technology to be reevaluated. The form factors are also been challenged, instead of mimicking the real, the Last Moment Robot’s objective is aim to allowing the patients to experience the paradoxical sensation. Allow the patients knowingly interact with the placebo treatment.

Mechanical assisted intimacy device (MAID) or Robotic Intimacy device (RIT) questions the deceptions through technology and replacement of humanity with robotics. It is a new category in industrial design/product design, where the object is made for questioning and present a possible solution living with technology.

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