Sep 20, 2011 9:20 PM by Stephanie Collins

Using technology to remember those that are gone

QR codes are those square codes that you can scan by using an application on your smart phone. You may have seen them around; a lot of businesses are using them as a marketing tool, but now a Colorado Springs man is using them in a unique way.

David Hughes lost his wife of 57 years in March. To keep her memory alive, he attached a QR code to her grave, located in Old Colorado City's Fairview Cemetery. Scanning the code with your smart phone takes you to a website that includes his wife Patsy's obituary, photos and her favorite music, "It's her whole life story. And her life was our children, and our grandchildren, and our great grandchildren and that's worth celebrating," explains David.

Putting the codes on headstones may be a new way to use them but as Tyson Hartshorn with New Planet Technologies says, it's not exactly new technology, "Quick response codes were developed by Toyota back in the 70's to identify parts as they moved through an assembly line."

With smart phones becoming more and more popular QR codes are mostly being used by businesses wanting to drive traffic to their website, "30 years later were starting to see them largely used for mobile smart phone apps to encode web pages and text messages," adds Hartshorn.

As for David, he's not selling anything; he's just using the codes to ensure that his wife's legacy, and his own, lives on. He's already purchased his own headstone, with its own QR code, and placed it next to hers, "You can only put so much on a tombstone, but a website can go on forever," adds David.

Instead of scanning a QR code, you can also click here to see David's wife's memorial website.


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