Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Interactive gravestones: how the dead live on, online

This story was picked up by the Sun Herald (16 Sept 2012) as well as the Guardian UK (5 Sept 2012). Traditional graveyards are being transformed through technology with interactive headstones providing a revolutionary way for people to remember loved ones. Quick Response (QR) codes on gravestones can be scanned by smartphones to open up online biographies of the dead person. The related webpage can show profiles of the person, pictures, videos and tributes from family and friends. The QR barcodes enable visitors to learn all about the person buried, rather than being limited to a name, age and date of birth and death, as usually found on a grave stone. This technology will allow a new breed of family historians to gather extended information from cemeteries.

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