High-tech tombstones link bar codes to memories of dead loved ones


AFP
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.

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