I Want a QR Code On My Gravestone
I felt good about looking at these pictures and discussing them. I didn't feel like we were disturbing the peace anymore, I felt like we were honoring lives by remembering the people who lived them.
For me the experience was memorable and fulfilling -- to be perfectly honest, it exceeded the expectations I had of spending an afternoon in a cemetery with the in-laws.
A month later, it was still on my mind when I came across a headline about QR codes on gravestones.
Aesthetically, it's an unpleasant idea. I don't like the look of a QR code, and especially not on a headstone. It looks too much like you just put a barcode on a person. But as a concept, I love it. Maybe it would feel more appropriate with a less visually disruptive connection, like NFC or Bluetooth...
Imagine a stroll through that same cemetery, and after looking at the photographs and wondering about the lives, you could pull up a biography on your phone. What if there was even a favorite song or painting that could evoke the spirit of being with that person? A visit to the cemetery could be a great tribute and a history lesson rolled into one.
When you're at work all day plugged into a computer, writing about the newest product, it's nice to find a connection to something spiritual. For me, it's a reminder that nothing is really insignificant, and I shouldn't scoff at QR codes, or that headline I saw.
There are incredible things we can do with everything around us, especially in an industry that is constantly innovating. We just need to keep our minds open and our imaginations free.