Japanese gravestone company Ishinokoe is selling tombstones emblazoned with barcodes, specifically QR codes that can be scanned with a mobile phone camera. Scanning the code brings up a Web site on the phone's browser with photos, text, and videos of the deceased individual. The company can add a QR code to an existing stone for around 200,000 yen (US$2000). From KOFU:
"Tombstones change with the ages," said Ishinokoe president Yoshitsugu Fukazawa. "If my grandfather who started the company could see this, he'd probably be really surprised."
The company developed the tombstones together with an IT firm in Tokyo. In addition to images of the deceased, people can view a greeting from the chief mourner at the funeral and browse through the guest book. They can also make entries using their cell phones.
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