In my blog piece I noted that whilst it was interesting, I had reservations about the long term use of such codes - "I must admit that I'm a tad sceptical - not necessarily on the concept of interactivity with a gravestone, but just that I suspect that QR codes will likely be replaced by something else in a few years, the way that technology is moving these days, and that the sites that they steer you towards have no guarantee of perpetuity." It looks like this is now beginning to happen.
A news story on the Utah based station KSL notes that a company there is already looking to go beyond QR codes, with an app that allows you to learn about those buried in a grave simply by photographing the grave. The partners behind the innovation, called LegacyTec, are BillionGraves, My Legacy Memorial and Otter Creek Holdings. The following is a short video demonstrating the process:
The KSL story is at www.ksl.com/?nid=968&sid=24018150 whilst BillionGraves has a blog piece about it at http://blog.billiongraves.com/2013/02/otter-creek-holdings-announces-groundbreaking-technology-legacytec/.
Again, it's a fascinating idea - but as before, I wonder how long this one will last...?!
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