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Brief Published: 9 Oct 2012

QR Code Gravestones


Austrian bereavement company Aspetos is embedding digital profiles into cemetery gravestones.

Using QR (quick response) codes – a matrix barcode designed to encode large amounts of information – Aspetos progams the deceased’s biography and pictures into the headstones. The code can then be scanned and read by smartphones and tablets. The profile can also include tributes and videos from family and friends.

These interactive headstones will be installed for the first time in Austria in November 2012 and will soon make an appearance in Australia, Germany, the UK and the US. For more on the digital revolution of the deceased, see Digital Death.