The “Quick Response Code”, better known simply as QR code, is one of the worlds greatest and innovative inventions. The technology was first developed in 1994 by Toyota in Japan and its ultimate goal was to track the parts of vehicles while in production. Today QR codes are used in a much broader context for the development of user-friendly applications mainly aimed at smartphone users. This very same digital age trend inspired a Seattle-based company to develop a new way of remembering our loved ones who have passed away.
The gravestones in cemeteries worldwide have not been altered for many generations, but now they can provide us with a digital QR code that is linked with the life stories of the buried.
The innovative concept of memorialization was developed by the company Quiring Monuments and their ultimate goal is to preserve the memories of loved ones for the future generations. You simply need a smartphone and an appropriate app and you can scan anyone’s “living” memorial. You will then get redirected to a website which is administered by the family members of the deceased and have the chance to get to know that person’s life story in a unique 21st century way.