Company Plans Video-Playing Tombstones
Local 6 News | August 17, 2005
A new company plans to unveil new high-tech tombstones with embedded flat screen monitors that would allow visitors to play memorial videos of the deceased, according to a report.
Joe Joachim, who says he wants to be the Walt Disney of the funeral business, plans to unveil the Vidstone this year at the annual funeral directors convention.
Joe Joachim, who says he wants to be the Walt Disney of the funeral business, plans to show the Vidstone this year at the annual funeral directors convention.
Tombstone featuring memorial videos
"What we're trying to do is create the ultimate funeral experience," Joachim said. "Funeral directors are realizing it's an important service we can offer, and and we're happy to offer it."
The solar-powered Vidstone will play a video of the person's life at the touch of a button.
It will not have speakers but a jack to plug in headphones at cemeteries.
Some cemeteries are open to the Vidstone but others said it could offend people.
"It could be offensive to some. I don't think it's appropriate or it's been tried enough on the grounds." Mt. Elliott Cemetery Association spokesman Michael Chilcote said.
The report said one of the most popular ways for people to commemorate loved ones is through short films.
The funeral directors convention is held in October in Chicago.