QR Codes: What’s on Your Tombstone – Part 2

A QR Code Appears on a Tombstone in Israel!

About two and a half years ago, we discussed QR codes being placed on tombstones in Japan. While some thought this was a radical approach here in the US at the time, QR codes were, and still are, big in Japan.

Now, they are starting to appear elsewhere in the world. Yoav Medan, an Israel-based medical technology executive, decided to put a QR code on his mother’s grave because he couldn’t decide what he wanted to write on her tombstone in Haifa, Israel.
Once scanned, the QR code takes people to a website that serves as a tribute to his mother’s life, ultimately evolving with stories and photos. The site will aid in creating a lasting history of his mother that will help those close to her, and generations of family members know her story.

In order for the QR code to scan, it was laser engraved and filled with a black paste-like substance, sitting behind a piece of glass on the tombstone.

Based on the feedback that Medan received, he foresees QR codes on tombstones becoming a new trend. Do you think so?
I find it interesting that it took over two years to travel to Israel from Japan, so I’m wondering how long it will take before they start popping up in the US. I’m also wondering how many generations the QR codes will actually last? Will QR codes ultimately become some archaic form of technology that no one will be able to scan because mobile phones will have become far more advanced?

Let us know if you think QR codes will make it over to the US any time soon, and if you think QR code scanning technology is going to be sustainable and easily accessible for generations to come, by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.