What Are High-Tech Headstones?

The headstone of a loved one traditionally has just their name, date of birth and death, and a short message inscribed on it. While modern headstones still include this vital information, they have also begun incorporating advanced technology. With technology improving nearly every facet of your life, it isn't surprising that it can still be beneficial even after someone has passed on. Here are some different ways technology is being used with headstones. (For more information on headstones, contact Maurice Moore Memorials)

QR Codes

Some companies are allowing you to add a QR code, or quick response code, to the headstone. A QR code is a type of code that is made up of square-shaped pixels, which can be scanned with any barcode scanner. Most smartphones have a barcode scanner app to use. With headstones, you scan the QR code and can see more information about this person with the device used to scan it, including their name, where they grew up, and any other information their family chose to share.

It may also have pictures of the person who has passed. Some QR codes also send you to a memorial website where you can sign a guestbook as a way to offer your condolences.


Some high-tech headstones use microchips called near-field communication (NFC) microchips. This works similar to a barcode, but instead of scanning a code on the headstone, their smartphone or mobile device must have the NFC application enabled on their phone. Once they are within a short distance away from the headstone or touch the device to the headstone, an image with more information about the deceased will show up on their phone. Similar to the QR code, it can display information about the person who has passed, including photographs and who they are survived by.

LCD Screens

Believe it or not, high-tech headstones can also include small LCD screens. This allows visitors to learn more about the person without using their own mobile device. They will simply walk up to the headstone and access the screen directly. They are usually used to present a short memorial video about the person who passed, prepared by their friends and loved ones. It can include a slideshow of pictures, and perhaps even video clips of the person if any video was shot of them while they were alive. This is a wonderful way for family to remember their loved ones after their passing.

Reasons to Go High-Tech

Having high-tech headstones is not for everyone, but many people like to incorporate modern technology as a way to expand on their loved one's memorial. The technology allows these video clips, recordings, and photographs to last forever. New visitors of the person's grave are able to learn more about someone they might have been estranged from. Several lines of family members that never knew this person can also learn more about them and feel connected to them every time they visit. In addition, it lets people leave behind a legacy for their children and grandchildren.