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QR Codes For Headstones Keep Dearly Departed Close
NPR ^ | September 29, 2012 | Elizabeth Fiedler

Posted on 10/01/2012 5:14:48 AM PDT by Daffynition

Lorie Miller bends over her grandparents' grave in north Philadelphia. She holds a two-inch brass square she's going to attach next to the headstone's names and dates.

Printed onto that square is a QR code — that square digital bar code you can scan with a smartphone. Miller peels off the back of her square to expose the adhesive and pushes it into place. The headstone, which otherwise looks the same as many others around it, has just jumped into the modern age.

Miller hopes other grieving families will do the same. She and her husband, Rick, are launching a new business called Digital Legacys to sell the tags. Visitors to a tagged grave can pull out their smartphones, scan the QR symbol, and be sent to a personalized Web page for the deceased.

"They can just upload the photos to the website and we can build their website for them," Lori Miller says. "They give us a biography of their loved ones, and they can upload videos and backgrounds and music."

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cemetery; qrcode; technology

1 posted on 10/01/2012 5:14:53 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

A brass sheet with painted symbols ,, that’ll last about a year here in Florida ,, unless the symbol is etched where it is EASY for someone to renew it by wiping black paint into the receses it’s worthless.


2 posted on 10/01/2012 5:21:33 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Daffynition

Hopefully QR codes will stay in fashion like the 8 inch floppy disk. ;-) I suspect in a few years people will wonder what the funny looking symbol represents.


3 posted on 10/01/2012 5:24:17 AM PDT by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: Neidermeyer
A brass sheet with painted symbols ,, that’ll last about a year here in Florida ,, unless the symbol is etched where it is EASY for someone to renew it by wiping black paint into the receses it’s worthless.

Not only that, but an adhesive backed piece of brass will stay put maybe a few months. Notice the textured background she's putting it on. Maybe a QR code laser etched into the monument itself would be more appropriate.

As the family genealogist, I like the premise, but wonder how long QR codes will stay in vogue.

4 posted on 10/01/2012 5:30:37 AM PDT by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: Neidermeyer

Also, if anyone’s contemplating doing something like this, make sure the url embedded in the QR code points to a domain name and location you own and control.

Don’t: www.some_service_for_grave_qr_codes.com/johnrsmith-1963

Do: www.some_domain_name_you_own.com/johnrsmith-1963

This will potentially cost more, but for something like this, you’d be ill-advised to trust and pay for another web saas to stay in business and not raise prices (no matter what the initial pitch is).

Note: I haven’t researched any sites that provide this service. Sounds like a decent and desired service possibility though. Just beware of having QR codes made to point to urls that you don’t absolutely control.


5 posted on 10/01/2012 5:32:42 AM PDT by rpierce (We have taglines now? :)
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To: Daffynition

Voter registration in the age of Obamacare.

6 posted on 10/01/2012 5:37:11 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Daffynition

7 posted on 10/01/2012 5:43:11 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition

The bronze marker and engraved marble tombstone will last hundreds or thousands of years... The QR code will likely be obsolete in this decade.


8 posted on 10/01/2012 5:43:57 AM PDT by Never on my watch (I can see November from the Chick-Fil-A drive through lane.)
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To: Daffynition

I hope they attach one of these to the grave of Miss Rosetta Stone, because otherwise it’s all going to get mighty confusing.


9 posted on 10/01/2012 5:56:00 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: Daffynition


Somehow this plan of hers' reminds me of the Underwear Gnomes...


10 posted on 10/01/2012 6:22:27 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Daffynition

Nice ad for DigitalLegacys.com

I didn’t think our publicly-funded NPR did advertising.


11 posted on 10/01/2012 6:30:58 AM PDT by Theo (May Christ be exalted above all.)
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To: Daffynition

Kind of sad that people need to go to a website to learn about their grandparents or other family members.


12 posted on 10/01/2012 7:44:09 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Theo
I thought so too; seems this is the way-o-the-world with *journalism* these days. A news article turns out to be a giant PSA for the service agency....seems to be a trend.


13 posted on 10/01/2012 11:41:03 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: driftdiver
OTOH, some are *addicted* to genealogy. :)

"Found a Yankee in my Tree - Will Trade for Horse Thief or Black Sheep"

14 posted on 10/01/2012 11:42:33 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: JoeProBono

15 posted on 10/01/2012 11:44:53 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Never on my watch

And inaccessible to people like me....who do not own a [GASP!] smart phone. :)


16 posted on 10/01/2012 11:46:44 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: 109ACS

17 posted on 10/01/2012 11:56:31 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: ClearCase_guy
....or Roseanne Roseannadanna...
18 posted on 10/01/2012 12:32:27 PM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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19 posted on 10/01/2012 12:42:18 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition

http://www.thinkroth.com/brenna ?


20 posted on 10/01/2012 12:48:13 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Daffynition

http://www.thinkroth.com/brenna ?


21 posted on 10/01/2012 12:50:17 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Daffynition

I think it’s a great idea. I could have used QR codes at Pere LeChaise.


22 posted on 10/01/2012 1:42:07 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (You had me at 'Meat Tornado'.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
What a remarkable place. I remember the grave of Chopin well.

I was just thinking that Arlington would benefit from such a technology...that's a pretty daunting place to navigate; although I hate to see any such codes defacing the markers. I see they are devloping an app for that

23 posted on 10/01/2012 2:46:59 PM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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24 posted on 10/01/2012 2:54:01 PM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Never on my watch
I want to ask a question about the QR Code on which there is a cartoon. Will it reduce the QR Code readability?
25 posted on 07/15/2013 9:10:29 PM PDT by cathyhill
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To: cathyhill

I don’t think I’m the guy with the answer to your question.


26 posted on 07/18/2013 3:21:27 PM PDT by Never on my watch (GALT)
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