Code-Enabled Tombstones To Memorialize Family Members?

Code-Enabled Tombstones To Memorialize Family Members?

It’s not surprising to see technology reaching the gloomiest of places — the cemetery, a great source for many genealogists looking to find and confirm family history details such as birth dates, maiden names, and more.

In Adam Ostrow’s QR Code on Tombstone Creates Dynamic Memorial we see how barcode technology can be added to tombstones to make interactive, digital memories of family members. Ostrow explains how one man, Yoav Meden decided to include a QR code on his late mother’s tombstone, “scanning the QR code leads visitors to a tribute website that Meden has setup and plans to evolve with stories and photos from his mother’s life.”

This appears to be a great way to use technology to honor a family member. Visitors to the grave can scan the code on the tombstone and add comments, condolences, photos and special memories–providing a lasting memory and interaction over time.

So perhaps this barcode technology will change the way we memorialize our loved ones? In addition to maybe a bouquet of flowers, a stone or incense, we will take out our phones and scan a barcode to share a special memory.

For genealogists, it certainly seems like great way to document important information, but will families use this technology? Please share your thoughts in the comments area below or on our Facebook page.

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  • sean

    July 20, 2011

    this is amazing how there r people you havn’t even heard of r part of your family!!!

  • Naseema

    July 20, 2011

    What will happen if a rain storm hits the cemetry and wipes the grave stones away?

  • Rand

    July 31, 2011

    One could easily see how adding this technology to older grave Markers might also be an invaluable resource

  • EMari

    August 1, 2012

    I photograph grave stones for myself and and this would be a great asset.