A graveyard would be one of the last places you would expect to see interactive media, but in Austria, one company has invented a new way of remembering those we have lost.
The company, Aspetos is etching 'Quick Response' codes into gravestones, which will allow those with a smartphone, and proper authorisation to access a range of memories by scanning the code.
'Aspetos was developed to help and tend to people in grief. From a psychological standpoint, at the same time we know that memory - not departure - is the most important thing in that respect. On the one hand we offer psychological assistance directly through our web portal, and on the other hand we want to create memories, and we want to imprint those memories on graves in the form of QR codes, through which this content and memories can be accessed by family, friends, or colleagues,' project leader Joerg Bauer told Reuters.
The idea of the codes is to allow loved ones to choose the way their lost are remembered.
'Basically, it works in such a way that a family member gets a profile from us. They can use different technologies, and can save data for future generations, long term and disaster-proof. This data can include picture galleries, videos, documents, the funeral eulogy, the obituary, and so on. A user can add this content by himself and he can also set authorisations. Depending on the authorisation, this content can be accessed via Smartphone, directly at the grave site,' Bauer said.
QR codes are used widely in advertising and media.