The idea seems a little macabre, but also pretty genius: a company in Valencia, Spain that sells tombstones online is offering the option to print a QR code on your gravestone that links to augmented content. Visitors to your grave can view images or videos about you and your life.
According to the company, the idea received a surprising amount of positive attention. One customer augmented his father’s grave with pictures of a house he had restored as well as a video interview. This application was developed by the Junaio Certified Developer eDiamSistemas.
The following video is in Spanish, but shows how the concept works.
The company also offers so-called “animated” tombstones, with a built in player for images and videos. This installation is intended to make the technology more accessible to the elderly, for example, who often do not have access to smartphones. The company emphasizes, however, that they see Augmented Reality as the future – the current contracts allow for maintaining these screens for only five years – hardly an eternity.
Another service that customers can purchase uses a Junaio channel called RealAp (see code at right) to provide geolocation services for cemeteries, displaying the location of burial sites and an image of the tombstone. This is meant to help people find their way around cemeteries and locate their loved ones.