QR Code Tombstones for the tech-obsessed deceased

QR Codes seem to be everywhere at present.  For those unfamiliar with a QR (Quick Response) Code is a two-dimensional code which can be read by QR bar code readers and camera-equipped phones.

Consisting of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background, information contained in a QR code can range from text, a web address, and now information on a deceased individual thanks to a Japanese tombstone creator.

The use of QR Codes in Japan is no surprise given they were created by Toyota subsidiary Denso-Wave in 1994.

Tombstone creator Ishinokoe (Voice of the Stone) of Yamanashi Prefecture, soon will offer tombstones featuring embedded QR codes.

Known as “Kuyou no Mado” (Memorial Service Window), visitors to the resting place of the deceased can scan the code, receiving information on the deceased.

For those looking to add a QR Code to the decor of their final resting place, the codes are capable of housing information such as: pictures, video, family information, and more.

Desire to see the technology in action?  Pull out your phone and scan the QR Code below or visit here:

Pretty neat, while at the same time slightly creepy.

If you are going to purchase a grave marker or tombstone, would you opt for one featuring a QR Code?  If so, what information would you include for visitors to scan and why?


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