Firm brings tombstones to life
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