posted on Nov, 21 2010 @ 02:31 PM
I found this kind of interesting and for sure a sign o the times, pun intended. I guess I can see this as being a good thing for the family and
friends to have a perennial display of the deceased's life and/or attributes. Visitors to the grave could pull up memorabilia about the person. The
tomb would create a more interactive experience with the deceased, or their shrine at least.
I could also see a desire by the future deceased to leave behind a signature that they want to be remembered by, that is way more than just an
engraved phrase. I can just imagine the last message that some people would want to be remembered as.
What I thought(crazy I know) was what if one day the tombstone becomes the active medium for communicating with the dead? Sounds like a good piece
for a futuristic sci-fi flick or something.
With some forethought, a person who is approaching their last days could prepare specific messages for individuals so that when that person visits the
grave, they can hear/see a message tailored to them specifically.
It’s time for the tombstone to be upgraded for the 21st century. A team of creative designers has developed a Bluetooth enabled grave that will
allow mourning friends and family members to sync with digital media while weeping over your death. The E-Tomb, featured on Yanko Design, is a concept
piece that tries to connect the emerging importance of social networking with the traditional form of cemeteries. A solar panel in the headstone
powers a hidden hard drive that stores information from key webpages like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Visitors to the E-Tomb can interact with
this data via their smart phones and the Bluetooth connection. Mourners will still be discussing their lives with the dearly departed, only now
they’ll be doing it through the medium that we’ve grown accustomed to: the internet.
I don't know about all the social networking aspects here, but who knows. Upon further thought I could see these tombs incorporating advertisements,
agreed upon by the individual whose grave it is, thereby earning some money before they pass, by a company whose logo will sporadically flash on the
tombstone during idle times. I know that sounds disgusting and I am not for it, but I also know if there is a screen available, marketers will do all
they can to exploit it. "So Dan, it appears you will be leaving us soon, and we are willing to pay for your grave costs and give you 10,000 dollars
if we can put Pepsi logo on your tomb." "Okay," says Dan, " I or my family could use the money before I'm outta here."
Sounds crazy but who knows?!
edit on 21-11-2010 by speculativeoptimist because: (no reason given)