Wednesday, May 30, 2012

QR codes on gravestones

It’s now possible to embed a QR (Quick Response) code in a gravestone: by scanning the code with your smart phone you can view biographical information about the deceased - not only text but photographic and video material.

Some people think this is cool. I’m not sure that it isn’t taking technology too far, invading a sacred precinct – disturbing the dead, who, incidentally, may or may not be related to you.

No doubt the companies marketing the embedded QR code idea will find plenty of takers. But where will it all end? Do we want interactive media available via our loved ones’ gravestones? Will the next step be virtual floral bouquets? Hyperlinks to Facebook or Twitter pages are already on offer.

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