It’s Follow Friday and today I recommend three websites that are using QR codes to bring cemeteries into the 21st century. Enjoy!
Memory Medallion, a company started by Glenn Toothman, III in 2011, creates medallion Quick Response (QR) codes that installs on tombstones and memorials. These stainless steel medallions give families an opportunity to create lasting multi-media remembrances about their love ones! So how does the Memory Medallion work? Upon purchasing a medallion, an account is setup for you to create your love one’s story with text, images, video, and links to your family tree. This information may be edited as often as you like and all changes are updated immediately to the medallion. Visitors at the grave site can scan the medallion’s QR code with their smartphones to connect to the story. Those without smartphones may take a picture of the QR code to access later from their PCs.
Stories in Stone is a Utah based company that provides weatherproof QR codes in porcelain, glass, aluminum, or vinyl tiles that can be applied to any headstone or monument. All personal stories, poems, music, photos, videos, obituaries, or eulogies of the deceased are hosted by Stories In Stone. Anyone who visits a headstone or monument and has scanning software on their “smartphone can access this information.” Once the tile is scanned, the QR code software displays the data/information on your smartphone or any smart device you have. Those who don’t have smartphones can simply take a picture of the QR code to scan and view later.
Lifetime Lookback, a Burlington, Kentucky company, offers weatherproof Tribute Tags™ that have both a QR code and URL that direct visitors at grave sites to customized Tribute Pages™. This company charges a “one-time” $129 activation fee which gives families unlimited access to modify, re-create or append the Tribute Pages™ as often as they like. Visitors to the grave site can access Lifetime Lookback Tribute Pages™ with any type of Internet access they have on their mobile device. In short, cell phones, iPads, and tablets, can “become a portal to the past!”