When someone is born, the book of life begins, information. Birth is announced by cards or advertisements in the papers and when a couple decides to marry the same thing happens. And our last information towards others is a deathnotice or a mourningcard. Still this is not the definite information of a human being’s life. We can still get information of him or her on a tombstone or urnfield. Untill now this last information was very simple: name, date of birth and date of death. Sometimes a poem or a text from the bible is added.
Since a couple of years we see some changes. Nowadays you can find more information about the dead person in death notices. You can find out what he did during his life or what he or she was interested in. On a tombstone we didn’t go any further than a picture, which turned yellow after some time or a little enamel sign which didn’t fade. All these things are a manifestation of information. People don’t just want a bare tombstone and that’s why we also see ( especially at children’s tombstones) tombstones with little teddybears or other things. Birth announcement cards, wedding announcement cards and mourning cards and also tombstones are datacarriers.
In this digital era we deal with other datacarriers, for example the computer. That’s why the digital tombstone is a possibility to supply lively information on a graveyard. This digital information will intensify the memory of the deceased person at his or her grave. A tombstone with a name and expanded with digital information of a loved one will be visited with more modesty than a bare tombstone. This digital information provides information about the dead person’s life: profession, hobbies, house, surroundings, what he or she achieved in life, etc. It is also possible to leave poems or texts from the bible behind in the digtombstone so that visitors can remember the deceased person by reading that.
A little build-in computer with LCD screen in the tombstone, fed by solar energy and/or battery, takes care of the fact that a visitor can see more than just a name and dates of birth and death. During his or her life a person can decide what will be shown on the screen. This digital memory makes the visit to the grave more personal. A small notch in the tombstone is needed to build in the system. The visitor can watch the screen by using a code switch. An infra red system enables a person to watch the screen for 1 to 3 minutes if he stands right in front of the stone. The computer cannot produce sound and it can be used three times a day. It will not work when it is dark or when it is below zero.
The digital tombstone has an endurance of a maximum of twenty years. We recommend a service once a year. With the arrival of the digitombstone, a new era has entered in the graveyard!
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