|Scanning App for the Deceased - image from the news article|
My daughter Annie shared this article with me while we were chatting this morning on IM. (She's well-trained about the graveyard stuff. I'm very proud.)
Technology hits graveyards. It is an interesting idea. The article seems to be describing the app as an "instant obituary." Using their QR reader app on your iPad or smartphone, you would receive obituary-style information about the deceased by scanning a code placed on the gravestone.
Something in me feels a little squeamish about the idea of people traipsing through peaceful cemeteries, waving their phones or iPads over any random gravestone, and standing there immersed in the digitally rendered information - rather than enjoying their surroundings and having slightly more meditative ruminations on the dead.
|Granary Burying Ground, Boston - May 2012|
However, that being said, if this idea were applied to the headstones of historically renowned people, often buried within graveyards such as the Granary Burying Ground in Boston which inevitably will receive a good deal of foot traffic, it might be an opportunity for combining a wonderful history lesson, with significant information about these famous, deceased citizens. Museum tours with audio headphones, comes to mind.
|Grave of "Mother Goose" - Granary Burying Ground|
Read the article and see how it strikes you. Should we be using technology in graveyards to "summon the dead?"
Graveyard photo images: by Jane Sweetland, property of AncestryInk©