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High-tech tombstones let loved ones live on, virtually

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Posted June 26, 2013

Rick Miller kneels in front of a grave and uses his cell phone to scan a small barcode on a tombstone. Within seconds, he’s looking at photos and videos of a lost loved one. But that’s not all.

Without leaving this vast cemetery in a suburb of Philadelphia, he can listen to the deceased’s favorite music, read remembrances, write in a guest book and even share pictures and feelings on Twitter or Facebook.

Here at Sunset Memorial Park, everyone equipped with a smartphone or tablet can do the same, provided they download the proper app.

All it takes is a simple scan of a QR code—a square, black barcode stuck to the tombstone—to learn about Lance Clinton Erb, laid to rest beneath a bronze plaque engraved with the years of his birth and death—”1947-1990″—and a picture of his beloved pet Labrador.

For almost a year now, Miller and his wife Lorie—Erb’s stepdaughter—have specialized in the sale of QR memorials through their “Digital Legacys” business—one of just a few to offer such a service in the United States.

Giving a grave that high-tech edge doesn’t take much. All one has to do is email the couple photos, videos, documents and music linked to the departed, which they then assemble into a tribute on a secure website.

Surviving family members then get a tag with the QR code – complete with a heavy duty, weather-resistant adhesive—in the mail.

The installation takes a mere 30 seconds.

“It’s very simple,” Miller told AFP. “It is a great idea for a lot of reasons, particularly for young children who have had family members that they never got to know.”

Read more at: Phys.org

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