Firm brings tomb­stones to life

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With many peo­ple still in­trigued with the tomb­stone of South Africa’s comedic icon, Joe “Sdumo” Mafela – with its chair and TV – a dig­i­tal com­pany has launched its in­ter­ac­tive tomb­stones to make griev­ing at grave­yards a lit­tle less solemn.

Slove­nian com­pany Bioen­ergija has gone dig­i­tal af­ter it cre­ated a vir­tual way to mourn with new 48-inch in­ter­ac­tive grave­stones. The weath­er­proof and van­dal-proof screens can show pic­tures, video and other dig­i­tal con­tent about the de­ceased.

There are even plans for a smart­phone app to al­low au­dio to be streamed to your de­vice, rather than in­stalling speakers at the grave­side.

Th­ese are al­ready be­ing tested at the Po­brezje ceme­tery on the out­skirts of Mari­bor, Slove­nia’s sec­ond-largest city.

“This tomb­stone makes it pos­si­ble to put any­thing next to the de­ceased per­son’s name and sur­name, you can write an en­tire novel if you like,” said Mi­lan Zor­man, a professor of com­put­ing at the Univer­sity of Mari­bor, who worked to cre­ate the tomb­stone.

“You can put pic­tures or a film there. We in­tend to bring the sound to ear­phones con­nected to a mo­bile phone run­ning the app. That way, visitors will be able to lis­ten to videos dis­played on the screen,” said Zor­man.

The tomb­stones look fairly or­di­nary at first glance, dis­play­ing the de­ceased’s name along with when they were born and when they died.

But when a mourner ap­proaches them and stands in front of the grave for a few sec­onds, the tomb­stone comes to life with an ar­ray of dig­i­tal con­tent on of­fer.

– The Ex­press

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