These codes, when scanned to your iPhone using an app such as NeoReader, will take you to a website or a video or a photo or other information. The last time I posted about these QR codes, I mentioned that they were being creatively used in many ways with a special interest given to their possible use in cemeteries.
Well, it’s time for an update, because….
A cemetery in Roskilde, Denmark is now pioneering the use of QR codes. A piece of porcelain displays the code, and this is attached to a stone marker at the gravesite. A quick scan with a smartphone will take the visitor to an on-line memorial, a website with photos and/or music with information about the life of the deceased.
This service costs about $123 and includes putting audio clips and video on the website, as well as text.
And, yes, people are doing it. You can read more about it, here.
Now I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I think this is a wonderful idea. Another passion of mine (in addition to tech) is genealogy, and I have spent
considerable a ba-zillion hours wandering through old cemeteries. What a thrilling treasure to be able to actually learn more about the deceased and what their life was like, rather than just stare at the simple dash that marks the life between two dates. Another town in Denmark is planning to use the service to mark the graves of local historical figures, giving visitors information about their lives and contributions to the development of the town. Somehow, when you think of it that way (used to memorialize historical figures) it makes such clear sense, even if you might be a little creeped out by doing this for the recently deceased.