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Flat-screen memorials to the dead emerge

Tomb with a view
Mon Aug 22 2005, 04:46
A US company is planning to flog high-tech tombstones with embedded flat screen monitors.

Vidstone is planning to run video footage of the dead person on the tombstone so that visitors will be able to see the person when he or she was out and about.

The idea is the brain child of Joe Joachim, who says he wants to be the Walt Disney of the funeral business. Fair enough, Walt Disney is pretty dead too.

Each tomb stone will be solar powered and will play a video of the person's life at the touch of a button. Although there will not be speakers, the tomb-stone will have a jack to plug in headphones.

He told Associated Press that he plans to wow delegates at the annual funeral directors convention in Chicago in October with the idea. We would have thought a conference of funeral directors would not need much to wow them.

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