A company in Slovenia is offering interactive screens in place of traditional grave markers
It’s a 21st century way to stay connected in the afterlife.
A cemetery in Slovenia just created a prototype digital tombstone that allows mourners to broadcast videos and images of the deceased in place of the traditional grey grave marker. The weatherproof 48-inch screens cost about $3,200 and have been built to resist vandals, Reuters reported.
The tombstones are currently available in a cemetery just outside Maribor in northeastern Slovenia and were designed to look like the other grave markers. However, they come with motion-triggered sensors that switch on an interactive screen that can broadcast anything from films to image slideshows and text once someone stands in front of the grave for just a few seconds.
“When nobody is around it only shows the person’s name and the years of their birth and death,” Saso Radovanovic, head of tombstone maker Bioenergija told the news service. “This saves energy and the screen itself, and helps extend the tombstone’s lifetime.”
For now, the tombstones lack sound capability—talk about rousing the dead—because the company thought installing speakers in the graveyard would disrupt the tranquility. It is working on a app that allows for audio to be streamed from the screens to smartphones.
While a $3,200 screen may sound expensive, it’s not that far off the normal price range of a tombstone. Those can run anything from $1,000 to $3,000, according to the International Southern Cemetery Gravestones Association.
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