A Tombstone with a Video Screen

Mr. Robert Barrows of Burlingame, California, has filed a patent application for his design of a tombstone that can accommodate video equipment operated by a remote control. “You can go from grave to grave and click on anything that person wanted to say before they died,” said Mr. Barrows. Messages could include telling your side of the story, making amends, or saying “sweet things to loved ones,” he added. Mr. Barrows declared that it would be a far more “dramatic” way of communicating from beyond the grave than leaving a videotaped message to be played at home.

Barrows also stated, “Imagine how interesting it would to go to tombstones where you didn’t know the person, or historical tombstones to find out what someone had to say… .”

Is it just me, or do other people think this is an idiotic idea? Wait, it gets worse.

Inventor Barrows maintains that computer equipment could be installed in the tombstone and connected up to the internet, enabling people to program their messages to be delivered long after they have died. Barrows suggests that the person who died could use one of those “after I die” email services to update his messages.

Had enough? Wait, there’s more…

The tombstone could be coin-operated or swiped with a credit card. “Cemeteries could basically one day charge fees to rent the headsets you need to listen to [the messages],” according to Barrows.

Was that enough? Wait, there’s still more…

Barrows even states that future tombstones could talk to you. I am not sure I would want that. I can envision walking through a cemetery on a dark and moonless night… or even in broad daylight. If a voice started talking to me from a nearby grave, I would jump out of my skin!

What’s next? Advertisements on the video screen? I am sure that funeral homes would buy ad space.

You can read more in a published interview with inventor Robert Barrows at https://bit.ly/3b88Rtv.

9 Comments

Unlike an ordinary tombstone, this will stop working in about a year.

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Really. Everything has a buyer but I will not be one. Let them rest in peace!

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Hi Dick, I’m with you and think there will be other problems with reliability and power; someone will have to change the batteries & maintain the equipment. A big problem will be with vandals. I’ve been in many cemeteries that have old tombstones where there is a ceramic photo implanted into the stone. Invariably someone has taken it upon themselves to remove the photo or smash it. The ones that remain are most often in good condition which is amazing.
Take care,
Paul

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Creepy, and not for me!

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Oh, yeah! An opportunity to slander a person or business when there is no way to prosecute in response! Will not happen…

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Oh, no!! Yes, I agree, Dick! Creepy!

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Oh my; I hope there’s no more! That was quite enough and I agree very creepy but we all know what P.T. Barun’s Motto was!

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In the UK many cemeteries and churchyards overseen by the Church of England have locally very strict rules governing the type and format of grave memorials e.g. a vicar insists that Granddad is not permissible – only Grandfather is allowed etc – I don’t think video stones are very likely.

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